Watch how the disruption unfolded below.
The FCC's net neutrality repeal order will also restore the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) traditional authority and expertise to regulate and litigate unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive telecommunications practices without onerous regulations and increased cost. These rules mandated that internet service providers treat all websites and online services the same way, ensuring fairness and open access to everything on the internet to everyone in the United States.
Others are under the opposite impression.
A group of almost 20 state attorneys general asked the FCC to delay the vote until the issue of fake comments is addressed.
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".
Wiener tweeted that his bill would adopt "net neutrality" as a requirement in California.
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Bringing this closer to home for those of us in the FGC, this could potentially mean that certain ISPs slow down or throttle websites like Twitch to encourage users to use other streaming platforms, or even go as far as to charge extra for access to sites like Twitch on top of an already established monthly fee for general service. Protests have erupted online and in the streets as everyday Americans worry that cable and phone companies will be able to control what they see and do online.
"The FCC just gave Big Telecom an early Christmas present", Schneiderman said of the decision, which would allow internet providers to give certain web content preferential treatment. While it's not clear if ordinary consumers will be impacted and how, smaller IT service provides and start-ups are likely to suffer most definitely, with their very survival on the line.
"This is not the end of net neutrality", Comcast executive David L. Cohen said in a blog post. However, many have said the writing was on the wall for the repeal with the election of USA president Donald Trump, who called net neutrality "Obama's attack on the internet". The sad thing about this commentary, it pains me to say, is what I can only describe as the new norm at the FCC: A majority that is ignoring the will of the people.
Politicians were not the only ones up in arms.
"Net Neutrality is the nondiscrimination law of the internet", Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood said. If FCC won't protect free/open internet, we will.
Net neutrality was not put into place until 2015 by the Obama Administration, and before that time, there were no legal protections urging ISPs to remain neutral in the web surfing experiences they provided.