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A two-tone dress sparked a global debate on Twitter over its colour while a lamas being chased in Arizona’s Sun City had the internet captivated

A two-tone dress sparked a global debate on Twitter over its colour while a lamas being chased in Arizona’s Sun City had the internet captivated

A two-tone dress sparked a global debate on Twitter over its colour while a lamas being chased in Arizona’s Sun City had the internet captivated

The dress: is it white and gold dress or black and blue was the question that sparked a global debate on Twitter on the same day that the US government vote on net neutrality made the internet a utility — a landmark ruling that campaigners say will keep the internet free.

Elsewhere web users opted to use their first day as protected citizens to watch llamas running around a city.

The net neutrality ruling means that internet service providers (ISPs) will now be banned from intentionally blocking or slowing traffic. It stops them from forcing certain websites – such as Netflix – to have their traffic be put through “internet fast lanes”.

The regulations had received the support of many websites and internet protestors, but for a long time it was unclear whether US politicians would buckle under heavy pressure from ISPs and other groups. However, last night the Federal Communications Commission voted on the rules, essentially finalising their passage into law.

Any company that provides a broadband connection now has to act in the public interest and do its business in a way that is “just and reasonable”.

And just as those rules were passed, the internet was busy watching residents try and catch them as they sprinted around Arizona’s Sun City. Internet users tuned in live to watch the “llama chase”, before they were caught and given back to their owner.

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