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As Republicans Concede, F.C.C. Is Expected To Enforce Net Neutrality - NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05:  Sen. John Thune (R-SD) questions Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during a Senate Finance Committee
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: Sen. John Thune (R-SD) questions Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during a Senate Finance Committee hearing about the Obama Administration's proposed FY2016 federal budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill February 5, 2015 in Washington, DC. Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called the budget proposal unworkable but encouraged fellow senators to focus on the issues they agree on. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Last April, a dozen New York-based Internet companies gathered in the Flatiron Building boardroom of the social media website Tumblr to hear dire warnings that broadband providers were about to get the right to charge for the fastest speeds on the web.

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