Obama-era regulations known as net neutrality officially end Monday. The new legislation replaces "net neutrality" rules introduced by the Obama administration that aimed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content, apps and traffic equally.
It was put in place by the Obama Administration but President Trump made a decision to scrap the rule in December.
A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.
"The internet is coming for net neutrality". In other words, net neutrality is dead, folks. "The fact of the matter is nothing is going to change", Thune told Reuters after the Senate's vote. The repeal will also let ISPs charge websites or online services for priority access to consumers.
On May 16, the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold only a narrow majority, voted 52 to 47 to overturn the decision by the FCC - which is now composed of three Republicans and Rosenworcel. That means no speeding up or slowing down connection speeds, and no blocking of specific websites. Now control over regulating the internet moves from the FCC to the Federal Trade Commision FTC.
"It's now as clear as day to every American that - with the exception of three Republicans in the Senate - their Republican representatives in the Congress chose to protect special interests and the biggest corporates over middle-class families, average consumers, entrepreneurs and anyone who relies on the free and open internet", Schumer said.
"We'll see what happens after the [midterm] election", Lewis says. Some states are creating their own net neutrality rules, but are barred by the FCC from implementing them.
"Americans across the country are raising their voices against the Trump assault on the free Internet, yet House Republicans inexplicably refuse to listen to the will of the people and save net neutrality", she continued. If the House votes on and passes the bill before the end of this session, the measure would be sent to President Trump. ISPs would only be punished by the FCC if they fail to disclose what the commission used to consider net neutrality violations.
The FTC would theoretically file lawsuits against ISPs that make net neutrality promises and then break them. More than 20 states have sued the FCC, and several governors have passed executive orders requiring ISPs doing business with their states to uphold net neutrality.