Schumer blames congressional GOP for net neutrality repeal


That means internet providers can speed up, slow down or block websites without violating federal regulations.

Current FCC chairman Ajit Pai spearheaded the effort to return the internet to the way it was before the rules took effect, and despite the overwhelming support for keeping the rules intact, the FCC voted 3-2 to reverse course.

Advocates of net neutrality fear without the rules in place, internet providers will have too much control over web content.

In May, a bill was approved in the Senate to save net neutrality rules. His order, touted as promoting investment and broadband deployment, loosens the FCC's regulation of ISPs, and instead gives the Federal Trade Commission jurisdiction to enforce violations. If you're interested in letting your representatives know where you stand on net neutrality and how you'd like them to vote, you can see a tally of who has and hasn't agreed to support net neutrality here. So if an ISP does decide to nickel and dime its customers in those areas, a consumer would have to choose between sucking it up and paying the asking price, or going without broadband.

Pai has said he agrees with the concept of a "free and open" internet, but disagrees that regulating the service like phone networks is the best way to achieve that goal. The rules also restricted ISPs from charging extra for certain traffic, creating so-called fast lanes for companies and consumers.

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"Today, the Trump Administration has set into motion the destruction of the free and open Internet", she claimed.

Two states, OR and Washington, have passed net neutrality laws and 29 states are considering legislation, which could lead to new legal battles over Internet laws.

Ultimately, the FCC said these lawsuits and executive orders will not stop the repeal of the rules.

Under net neutrality, Internet providers had to treat all users equally. Now the vote goes the House, which has until the end of the year to bring to a vote. "And in the medium- to long-term, I think we're going to see more investment in high-speed networks, particularly in rural areas that are hard to serve". ISPs would only be punished by the FCC if they fail to disclose what the commission used to consider net neutrality violations. Additionally, 22 states' and Washington DC's attorneys general have filed a lawsuit alongside almost a dozen other groups, challenging the FCC decision. "Democrats are fighting in the courts and in the Congress to protect Americans' interests and restore these vital protections, and we will continue to demand a vote on Congressman Mike Doyle's resolution to force a vote to restore net neutrality".