On December 1, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new regulations requiring transparency on the part of Internet Service Providers (ISP) to help consumers make better decisions about services, preserve open access to all lawful Internet content and protect freedom of speech in the "marketplace of ideas." The FCC approved the proposed "net neutrality" rules on December 21, 2010. One month later, Verizon filed a lawsuit challenging the rules, which resulted in the regulations being struck down by the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The US House of Representatives passed a bill opposing the regulations in April 2011.
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