Net Neutrality regulations keep ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from serving up the internet a la carte based on your own interests. It keeps the internet open and free so you can access whatever websites you want, without worrying about forking over more money for the Social Media Package or the Online Gaming package.
Today, the FCC voted to eliminate the 2015 Open Internet Order that established net neutrality rules to prevent blocking and throttling at the ISP level. This effectively removes the FCC as a governing body of regulatory rules for the internet and leaves it up to the individual ISPs and the honor system, which hasn’t worked out well in the past.
The vote was divided 3 to 2 and went along party lines, with Chairman Ajit Pai siding with Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly. Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted against repealing the order. Both Democratic representatives had harsh words for their Republican counterparts over the repeal of these regulations.