Net Neutrality protections prohibited internet providers from favoring or blocking access to particular products or websites.
Several states are rushing to pass new net neutrality laws to replace the FCC rules. Many ISPs say they are waiting to see what happens with the proposed Net Neutrality rules. A big, sudden shift would piss off a lot of people, including politicians, and perhaps bolster the ongoing effort to get net neutrality back. "The fact of the matter is nothing is going to change", Thune told Reuters after the Senate's vote. "Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate", Pai said in a November 2017 proposal. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane.
Under the new law, ISPs are required to disclose any blocking, throttling or prioritization of their own content or from their partners on customers' broadband connections.
On May 16, the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold only a narrow majority, voted 52 to 47 to overturn the decision by the FCC - which is now composed of three Republicans and Rosenworcel.
"Today, the Trump Administration has set into motion the destruction of the free and open Internet", she claimed. Many Democrats say the issue will help motivate younger people to vote in congressional elections this November, when all 435 seats in the House and a third of the 100-member Senate will be up for grabs.
While it's unclear what the repeal will look like for consumers in the United States, advocacy group Free Press has cited numerous examples of behaviors pre-dating net neutrality laws in advocating against the repeal. According to Wired, Comcast, the nation's largest broadband provider, is momentarily forbidden from violating net neutrality rules under the terms of the government's approval of its 2011 acquisition of NBC Universal.
More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal. "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".