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 Republicans at the FCC maintain that existing law is sufficient to guard against misbehavior, even as telecom companies gobble one another up.
There are many outspoken opponents of the FCC's move, though, including state governments, tech companies, rights groups and attorneys general.
Here's what it means and what's really at stake. Net neutrality explained: "imagine internet is pizza." Democratic commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted against the repeal.
But consumer advocates say that the repeal is just pandering to big business and that cable and phone giants will now be free to block access to services they don't like. But what's more likely to occur are subtle changes to your Internet experience that you may or may not notice. "Blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other efforts to come between consumers and the Internet are now things of the past, "he said in 2015".
Q. What were the net neutrality rules? Any change to how it's regulated is a hot button issue. We had Chairman Ajit Pai on to talk about what will change, how he measures success and what happens if his vision for an open internet doesn't work. "So issues that are coming up right now, people are seeing from a very personal perspective". Under the new policy, a violation might occur when regulators find out that an Internet provider has been blocking websites without saying so.
In other words, certain providers could block or slow down sites like Facebook or your favorite news website.
The FCC also adopted three bright-line rules under the authority of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Throttling: Service providers could not slow the transmission of data because of the nature of the content, as long as it was legal. It will then be evaluated based on whether or not the activity is anti-competitive. Originally, it was expected the rules would take effect in April, but the Office of Management and Budget needed additional time to vet the new regulations.
Political analyst Gary Nordlinger says these new rules could affect the way internet providers do business.
Supporters of net neutrality say killing the protections lets ISPs charge more and limit online access. One specific fear is that smaller companies and startups will not have the same opportunities to grow if ISPs can pick and choose companies and services to favor in what is called "paid prioritization". We're still not creating fast lanes.
And while net neutrality is polarizing, it is an example of a regulation that both companies and consumers agree on.
KFDX received statements from Congressmen Mac Thornberry and Jodey Arrington regarding net neutrality, provided below. Initially, this might be viewed as a positive by consumers looking to save money on their streaming media. On the federal level, last month, a bill reinstating net neutrality passed the Senate; it's headed to the House of Representatives now. The US Congress also plans to debate a motion to overturn the FCC decision.