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In 2015, the Title II Order reclassified the internet as a telecommunications service, which is regulated like a public utility.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said last week the rollback will ensure more investment by providers and will ensure "better, faster, and cheaper Internet access and more broadband competition to the American people".

Here's how the the order may - or may not - affect you.

However, it's possible that access could slow anyway. Yet critics say companies are likely to invest simply because they now believe they can ramp up prices and earn more money from consumers and websites.

Net Neutrality protections prohibited internet providers from favoring or blocking access to particular products or websites.

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were meant to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services.

Will I have to pay more to reach certain sites or services?

. Of course, these commitments could change in the future, and indeed, some close observers have noticed subtle shifts in Comcast's promises already.

More than 20 states sued the government to stop the repeal, as did the public-interest group Free Press, think tank Open Technology Institute and Firefox browser maker Mozilla. "I think that's insane". "Ever", Bob Quinn, AT&T's senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs, said in the February blog post. Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet.

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Net neutrality supporters, including the Silicon Valley group Internet Association, also say that even though the repeal took effect, they intend to continue fighting to restore the Obama-era rules.

"Absolutely. I'm for net neutrality", said Wilson. So, the broadband providers are likely to move cautiously.

Still, the providers have seem to be paving the way to make changes. If you're a fan of Netflix, for example, net neutrality holds that you should be able to watch its shows without running into impediments your ISP puts up that are created to push you toward a competing service, such as Hulu. You can imagine a scenario where NBC would want to speed up streams of its shows and slow down streams of its rivals, Nexflix.

But they could start charging extra for services not yet offered. Startups without the resources to pay to remove throttling or for faster lanes might be unable to ever compete with established players.

Zero-rating programs weren't specifically barred under the now-defunct net neutrality protections.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has argued the commission went beyond its authority when it imposed the net neutrality regulations.

Do the states have any say about this?


The net neutrality rules said companies had to treat all data equally. Several states, including New Jersey, Washington, Oregon and California, have gone so far as to push legislation to enforce the principles of net neutrality within their borders. The 2016 election, with its broad abstention by the working class amid widespread hostility to Hillary Clinton, the favored candidate of Wall Street, and the subsequent strike movement by teachers independently of the unions, has made clear to the ruling elite that the imposition of internet censorship is necessary for the defense of its domination of society.