The FCC's decision affects many different aspects of the entertainment business.

The Internet in the United States officially became a more level playing field on Feb. 26. In a historic, controversial decision -- sure to be challenged in court and in Congress -- the Federal Communications Commission voted to subject Internet service providers to Title II of the Communications Act, which imposes "net neutrality" on such providers as Comcast and AT&T, and bans preferential treatment for companies and applications, considering all information equal.

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