FCC may change Internet service rules

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The Federal Communications Commission could make it more difficult for independent Internet providers to offer high-speed service.

The agency, in a decision that could come as soon as Thursday, is believed to be considering an incentive for the telephone companies to build out broadband networks but also to make it more difficult for independents to offer broadband, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The four-member FCC, split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, could vote on changing how a phone company digital subscriber line, or DSL, is regulated, making the rules similar to those imposed on cable television Internet services.

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