On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call with Ohio college newspapers and radio stations to discuss his efforts to restore net neutrality rules. The Federal Communications Commission voted to gut net neutrality in December 2017.
Net neutrality rules from the FCC require all internet content to be delivered at the same rate. This keeps providers from blocking content, slowing delivery of certain sites or charging content providers a premium for faster delivery of their traffic. But last December, the FCC in Trump’s administration voted to repeal those rules on a party line vote, allowing internet providers to throttle internet speeds and to offer better connectivity to the highest bidder.
The FCC’s vote repealed the 2015 Open Internet Order, upheld in 2016 by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to prohibit internet service providers from setting up internet fast and slow lanes and ensured they could not block or slow down internet traffic.
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