The Federal Communications Commission voted to disassemble current rules regulating the internet Thursday afternoon.

In a 3-2 vote, the FCC approved to remove net neutrality, according to The Verge. These rules were put into place two years ago under the Obama administration and prevented internet providers from blocking traffic to certain websites.

With these new rules, internet providers can block certain content from being viewed and even prioritize certain content by charging a fee to reach users at faster speeds.

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, said these rules would help consumers because internet providers such as AT&T can offer a variety of different services, according to The New York Times.

Internet users could see changes as early as January 2018, according to Slate. Websites might load faster or slower than others. All internet providers have to do is be transparent about their actions and inform users what they are blocking their users from seeing. 

The battle for net neutrality may not be over yet. 

According to Rolling Stone, a legal effort to overturn this decision is expected since Congress has the power to pass legislation restoring net neutrality. 


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