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After US kills net neutrality — UK decides high-speed internet is a legal right of all citizens

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The U.K. government has decided that 10 Mbps internet should be a legal right for all of its citizens.

According to a report from Engadget the government has decided to ensure every household is wired by 2020.

British communications company BT pledged to spend £600 million (about $788 million) to connect 1.4 million rural homes access with the internet. However, Ministers decided they would treat the regulation as a utility as it provides “sufficient certainty and the legal enforceability that is required to ensure high-speed broadband access for the whole of the UK by 2020.”

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“We know how important broadband is to homes and businesses and we want everyone to benefit from a fast and reliable connection,” said Culture Secretary Karen Bradley. “We are grateful to BT for their proposal but have decided that only a regulatory approach will make high-speed broadband a reality for everyone in the UK, regardless of where they live or work.”

The U.K. will now work toward defining what the Universal Service Obligation (USO) will include. Parliment is expected to pass legislation in early 2018 and it will take roughly two years to achieve.

Currently an estimated 95 percent of UK homes have a fixed line “superfast broadband” connection with 24 Mbps or more. With the new decision it is expected that will increase to 98 percent, with only a small margin of homes falling into a gap.

The news comes amid President Donald Trump’s new FCC chair declaring the era of “net neutrality” to be over.

Republican leaders alleged that the internet was able to flourish without regulations and thus shouldn’t have any. Some telecommunications companies were caught slowing down traffic to competitors’ sites or various streaming services. The fear is that because cable companies providing the utility, those who decide to “cut the cord” of cable and stream their television services will be penalized with slower connections to streaming television sites online. Verizon was one such company caught throttling service to Netflix in 2014.

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Donald Trump sounds like a complete lunatic because he’s isolated himself in a far-right media bubble

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

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Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released their report outlining the offenses committed by President Donald Trump, and the legal framework for impeachment — which clears the way for Congress to write and approve articles of impeachment against him.

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READ IT: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining Trump impeachable offenses

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released a report outlining the impeachable acts committed by President Donald Trump.

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