Supporters argued that without net neutrality, Americans would lose access to a free and open internet, while those who were against the policy said it stifled innovation in the telecommunications industry.
"The American people know they can not trust their internet service providers to do the right thing and protect a free and open internet unless there are strict rules in place", Sen.
Two states, OR and Washington, have passed net neutrality laws and 29 states are considering legislation, which could lead to new legal battles over Internet laws. After an intense marketing and lobbying campaign, internet companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast convinced the FCC to allow them to slow or restrict access to certain websites. Consumer advocates are concerned that internet providers plan to extend prioritization to the internet.
Hey, remember when there was all of that hubbub about the FCC vote that killed net neutrality?
The issue of net neutrality has sparked intense debate in the US since last April when FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, announced that under his leadership the FCC would repeal landmark net neutrality rules created under President Obama in 2015. Net neutrality is dead.
Several states have taken measures to ensure the rules stay in effect.
The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) was successful in repealing the net neutrality rules that the previous FCC leadership passed in 2015. One of the FTC commissioners had even said that the FCC is setting up FTC to fail. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane.
A group representing major cable companies and TV networks said Monday that "despite a new round of outlandish claims and doomsday predictions from groups dedicated to stoking political controversy, consumers will be able to see for themselves that their internet service will keep working as always has and will keep getting better".
In May, congress overturned the repeal with a bipartisan vote in the Senate.
But a battle for votes in the House remains.
"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.
Washington and OR now have their own net neutrality laws, and a bill is pending in California's legislature.