Commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 2-1 Thursday in favor of unrolling net neutrality regulations put in place under the Obama administration.
The decision continues FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s push to fully repeal certain rules over the internet. The final results came as no surprise, as the two Republican commissioners, including Pai, voted for the “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal, and the one Democratic commissioner dissented.
Net neutrality is the vague principle that internet service providers do not have exclusive rights to discriminate against certain forms of traffic (including spam), nor to offer faster speeds to higher paying customers. Supporters praise it for allowing various kinds of traffic to get equal treatment. Critics, however, claim that net neutrality is a government takeover of the internet, which has thrived under highly restrained oversight.