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Cable Operators and Telecoms Score Victory in House Vote on Privacy Rules

Cable operators and telecoms got a win from the House of Representatives on Tuesday, when representatives voted in line with the Senate to undo privacy rules put in place by the Obama FCC.

The House voted 215 to 205 in favor of striking the regulations, following the Senate's resolution to do so last week. The measures would remove FCC rules enacted last year that required Internet service providers, or ISPs, such as Comcast (CMCSA) , Charter (CHTR) , AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) to follow new rules to protect consumers' privacy.

The ISPs had argued that the Federal Trade Commission already regulates privacy. Requiring the service providers to adhere to FCC rules put them at a disadvantage to companies such as Facebook (FB) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL) , which only had to adhere to the FTC regulations.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai hailed the House vote in a statement released Tuesday. He called last year's move "overreach" by the...


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