Companies couldn't pay service providers like Verizon or AT&T extra to make their site or app load faster for internet users, and ISPs couldn't block or throttle content and data, as long as it was legal.
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E-commerce start-ups have feared that they could end up on the losing end of paid prioritization, with their websites and services loading more slowly than those run by internet behemoths. Under a new plan, the Federal Trade Commission will police the ISPs. A big, sudden shift would piss off a lot of people, including politicians, and perhaps bolster the ongoing effort to get net neutrality back.
According to the op-ed, Pai thinks that transferring power over the internet to ISPs will "protect consumers".
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. Those on the political left (and about 83 percent of Americans) feel that net neutrality regulations were important for personal freedom and made for a more fair marketplace. That means no speeding up or slowing down connection speeds, and no blocking of specific websites.
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There is also 5G internet being rolled out later this year that will bring new wireless home internet options.
For now, we are in a wait and see mode to see what happens next. The idea was to keep the internet open and uncensored. ISPs would only be punished by the FCC if they fail to disclose what the commission used to consider net neutrality violations. Congress could step in if several states pass their own legislation, and given the Republican majority, advocates for net neutrality are skeptical about the outcome.
"Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for almost 20 years will be restored", Pai said in a statement last month.
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"Americans across the country are raising their voices against the Trump assault on the free Internet, yet House Republicans inexplicably refuse to listen to the will of the people and save net neutrality", she continued.