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What undoing net neutrality could mean for Seattle startups

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Seattle, Washington , December 12, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the Federal Communications Commission prepares to undo its net neutrality rules this week, large internet companies like AT&T and Comcast are saying there’s nothing to worry about

But in Washington state, many — from local politicians to small start-up companies — aren’t buying it.

Under the FCC’s rules, passed two years ago, internet providers like Comcast and AT&T aren’t allowed to slow down a company’s websites or video streams, and they can’t give special treatment to other sites if they pay extra.

Without the rules, critics like Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene worry that larger companies with money will be able to buy faster service, but smaller companies and startups will see their sites slow to a crawl.

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