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After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The FCC's Net Neutrality rules come to an end


WASHINGTON (Circa) - Federal protections surrounding net neutrality officially came to an end, Monday.

In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to disband the regulations currently in place. The rules prevented internet service providers from creating "fast access lanes" for some content while potentially slowing down others.

Major internet providers have promised not to slow down internet service, according to Wired.

According to the report, some members of Congress are working to restore net neutrality to the 2015 provisions.

However, some states are working to put in place safeguards by implementing net neutrality protections of their own. California passed a bill that offered more protections than the Obama administration implemented in 2015 and New York is considering doing the same, according to Wired. Other states that have worked to pass protections include Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont and Montana.

The FCC released a statement Monday saying they support "a free and open Internet." They also vowed that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would police unfair practices by internet service providers.

"Internet service providers must publicly disclose information regarding their network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of service. These disclosures must be made via a publicly available, easily accessible company website or through the FCC’s website. This will discourage harmful practices and help regulators target any problematic conduct," the FCC said in a statement.

The FCC also claimed that the Obama administration's 2015 regulations "made things worse."

"The Internet wasn’t broken in 2015, when the previous FCC imposed regulations dating back to 1934 (known as “Title II”) on Internet service providers. And ironically, these regulations made things worse by limiting investment in high-speed networks and slowing broadband deployment. Under Title II rules, broadband network investment dropped more than 5.6%—the first time a decline has happened outside of a recession," the FCC said.

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