This public utility classification allowed the FCC to enact net neutrality requirements that mandated internet service providers treat all content delivered over the internet equally.
Proponents have warned that without net neutrality rules, ISPs could increasingly divide internet sites into tiered access packages. Setting a bad example for the rest of the world, the FCC voted to allow internet providers to be able to privilege one form of content over another on the internet.
The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality 3-2 on Thursday. This was challenged on the basis that such regulations would hurt further investments in infrastructure for broadband, etc. Take for example Comcast, since they own NBCUniversal.
"I am completely against the repeal of net neutrality and I think it's a kick in the teeth to consumers who are depending on broadband", Presley said.
The Internet Association, a trade group representing Amazon, Facebook, Google and other online companies, has said in an FCC filing that fast lanes would lead to the "cable-ization" of the internet because online content providers would have to negotiate deals with internet service providers to reach customers effectively. FCC officials have said a repeal could help advance the development of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles, which need guaranteed internet connections.
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In November, hundreds of companies, including tech companies Airbnb, Foursquare and Etsy, signed a letter to Pai urging the FCC to retain the net neutrality regulations.
It means telcos can now choose to give faster access to certain websites or services, or prevent users from accessing sites altogether. However, several studies have shown that since the 2015 rules came into effect, many internet providers have actually increased their investments and not the other way around.
It's not necessary to speculate about the potential impact because the net neutrality rules were in response to prior anti-consumer conduct by huge internet service providers, just four of which control 75 percent of the market through regional monopolies. The majority of American consumers only have one choice of broadband provider offering acceptable speeds.