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Ajit Pai

In a 3-2 vote along party lines, FCC chairman Ajit Pai and his two fellow Republican commissioners have voted to repeal Obama’s Net Neutrality regulations. According to Pai, the repeal of Net Neutrality will only help consumers and promote competition among businesses that are currently being stifled by these regulations.

The Democratic commissioners, on the other hand, argue that the Net Neutrality laws are in place to prevent ISPs and broadband providers from taking advantage of consumers, deciding what content consumers should have access to, and putting restrictions on how content is delivered.

The Net Neutrality laws were created as a preventative measure so that broadband providers cannot control how the content that flows over their network is delivered to you, whether they can modify it, restrict it, or even slow it down. The broadband providers, though, say they will not perform this activity and that it will be business as usual.

So what does this mean for you?

Nothing right now as even though the FCC has voted to repeal Net Neutrality, this ruling could still be overturned by Congress or appealed in court. Therefore, the actual repeal of these rules will most likely be fought in a lengthy legal battle.

If Net Neutrality is ultimately repealed and the broadband providers keep their promises, do not restrict or change how the content is delivered to you, then you most likely will not notice any changes.

On the other hand, if a broadband provider decides to restrict content, slow down their competitors streaming, or create different tiers of Internet access, then your only choice will be to switch to a different ISP provider. Unfortunately, for many consumers, switching to another provider may not be so easy if they are the only ISP in their area.

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