Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's proposal marks a victory for big internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc that opposed the regulations - popularly known as net neutrality rules - and gives them sweeping powers to decide what web content consumers can access.
Thursday's 3-2 party-line vote, as Breitbart News' Sean Moran notes, will reclassify the Internet as an "information service", rolling back the FCC's2015 net neutrality order, which regulated the Internet as a public monopoly. "Internet service providers will become much more aggressive in their efforts to make money off their role as online gatekeepers", said Jay Stanley, senior policy analyst for the group.
The Internet Association, a DC-based trade body representing Google, Facebook and other IT companies, said the rollback was a "departure from more than a decade of broad, bipartisan consensus on the rules governing the internet" and that it was weighing legal options in a lawsuit. Even though the FCC has already voted, there is still time to call your elected officials and tell them to defend net neutrality. Known as net neutrality, the regulations ensure that ISPs can not dictate or block customer access to data and other services.
ISPs argue that the internet was able to flourish prior to the 2015 implementation of the rules, and that the repeal of net neutrality would be unlikely to have a meaningful effect on internet service, suggesting that the rules are merely unnecessary regulation.
Democrats in both the Senate and the House have said they'll submit Congressional Review Act resolutions, which allow the legislative branch to overturn new regulations, but so far most of the opposition to this has come from Democrats.
Net neutrality is not history in the United States, not yet. Last week, he refused to release documents related to potentially fraudulent comments left on the FCC's public comment website.
Commissioner Rosenworcel said, "I dissent from the corrupt process that has brought us to this point".
Online, open internet defenders reacted to the ruling. Add the @FCC to the list.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who supported the FCC's decision, promised action next week from Congress: "We need to permanently enact rules that prevent throttling and blocking- but that's Congress' job". "If we don't have net neutrality protections that enforce tenets of fairness online, you give internet service providers the ability to choose winners and losers", Steve Huffman, chief executive of Reddit, said in an interview.