WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday approved an order that repeals the bulk of regulations governing internet neutrality rules.
The commission approved the Restoring Internet Freedom order in a 3-2 vote.
Chairman Ajit Pai and the other Republican appointees voted yes. The Democratic appointees voted no.
Neutrality rules approved during the Obama administration prevented internet providers from granting paid preferences to certain platforms or blocking user content. The rules required equal access at the same cost.
The new order allows internet service providers to block user content as long as they disclose the denial of service.
Proponents of a repeal argue that many of the old rules were burdensome and harmful to business.
Opponents argue that a repeal benefits corporate platforms and hinders free speech among those who do not have access to large sums of money.