The regulations required internet providers to treat all lawful traffic the same, without creating paid premium lanes for some services or slowing others. For example, users who oppose the repeal of net neutrality fear that internet providers will start bundling services like Facebook and Instagram together, in the same way cable companies bundle certain channels together for a price. Chances are they were saying that to make it more likely that the FCC's rules would be repealed, or so they could support a bill with much weaker regulations and perhaps even some benefits for the ISPs.
Critics of net neutrality, including the Trump administration, say such rules impeded companies' ability to adapt to a quickly evolving internet.
Pai says Internet service will become cheaper and faster with the rules now gone. Now the vote goes the House, which has until the end of the year to bring to a vote. And rightly so. The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy.
Monday, June 11, marks the official end of the USA government's net neutrality rules, which had required broadband providers such as AT&T, Charter and Verizon to treat all Web traffic equally. We're also waiting to hear whether the Supreme Court will agree to hear a separate lawsuit on net neutrality.
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"June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open Internet and overseeing the broadband market", Gigi Sohn, a counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler and a staunch supporter of net neutrality, told CNNMoney. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it".
As for Congress, the Senate issued a vote to overturn the decision in May and the House of Representatives now has the opportunity to do the same. At least 29 states have introduced more than 65 bills aimed at protecting net neutrality and seven states - Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Montana, Rhode Island, Oregon and Vermont - enacted executive orders that made it illegal for state agencies to enter contracts with ISPs that don't uphold net neutrality.
"We'll see what happens after the [midterm] election", Lewis says.
"I don't think anything gets better for consumers", said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, one of two Democrats on the five-person commission. State officials, members of Congress, technology companies and various advocacy groups are still pushing to save the rules through legislation and litigation.
As already noted, today's the day that the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules are officially eliminated.
The reality is that what no one knows exactly what the internet will look like moving forward without net neutrality in place.