FCC blocks stricter broadband privacy rules from taking effect

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Posted: Mar 01, 2017 3:35 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday blocked some Obama administration rules approved last year that would have subjected broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc .

The FCC blocked rules aimed at protecting personal consumer data that had been scheduled to take effect on Thursday. The FCC said in a statement the move would "provide time for the FCC to work with the (Federal Trade Commission) to create a comprehensive and consistent framework for protecting Americans’ online privacy."

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)