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December 18, 2019

A year ago, FCC repealed net neutrality—the law that required internet service providers to treat all data passing through their servers the same. Proponents of net neutrality said that the repeal would yield higher prices and worse service. In this week's episode, James and Ant ask what actually happened.

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Billion dollar property tax error

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Richard Branson's first space passenger

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UK to require that food labeling tell consumers how much exercise they must do to burn off calories

Topic of the week

US download speeds (PennsylvaniaOhio, GeorgiaCaliforniaNew York)

Price of residential internet service

Warnings people gave about repealing net neutrality

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Net Neutrality Is Gone. Did You Even Notice?

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