No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices. "The consumer is going to be protected and we preserve the incentive for companies to build out better, faster, and cheaper internet access".
More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal. This year the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the FCC's decision on killing net neutrality, but this was seen as a largely symbolic victory.
A fierce debate has surrounded the concept of net neutrality.
The debate around net neutrality was immediately politicized.
The proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to lift what chairman Ajit Pai described as "heavy-handed, utility-style regulations" on broadband internet service providers (ISPs) was first mooted late a year ago.
The Federal Communications Commission on Monday put into effect a new rule called "Restoring Internet Freedom", which replaces net neutrality, the Obama-era regulation that ensured internet service providers like Comcast (CMCSA) and Verizon (VZ) treat all websites and content equally.
"The FCC will not have the last word when it comes to net neutrality, the American people will", he said.
Twenty-nine states have since introduced legislation, proposing reinstating some aspects of Net Neutrality.
One of the biggest fears surrounding the end of net neutrality is the potential emergence of internet 'bundles, ' comparable to cable bundles where you pay a certain amount to receive a specific number of popular TV channels - just with popular websites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. instead.
How could the net neutrality repeal affect you?
"It's patently illegal for the states to make their own internet policy", said Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who served on President Trump's transition team for the FCC.
Without net neutrality, it technically becomes legal, for example, for an internet provider like Comcast to give preferential treatment to a video service like Hulu, which it owns, while slowing down other services like Netflix - and that would obviously be undesirable for Comcast subscribers who use Netflix.
"I am committed to protecting a free and open internet, while at the same time making sure there are reasonable standards to protect against unfair, deceptive, and anti-competitive practices such as blocking and throttling".
Not everyone is anxious about net neutrality being repealed, of course. "People should be able to access the information that they're looking for, regardless of what their internet provider believes in". "That's a huge issue", Miller said.
Lyons said he thinks the likelihood of actual harm from net neutrality is relatively remote, and that laws that already exist to regulate corporations, like anti-trust regulations, will prevent ISPs from behaving badly. "They now have nearly free reign over what content their subscribers will have access to", he wrote.
"They will have the right to discriminate and favor the Internet traffic of those companies with whom they have pay-for-play arrangements and the right to consign all others to a slow and bumpy road", Rosenworcel added. The ISPs are essentially breaking that contract with the users when they start picking and choosing which services to deliver at normal speed.