Net neutrality advocates quite literally danced in the snowy streets Thursday outside the Federal Communications Commission in Washington just before the agency voted to approve the strongest ever rules on net neutrality.
The vote marks the culmination of a yearlong struggle that pitted grassroots Internet advocates and Silicon Valley tech giants against the titans of the telecom industry.
The FCC’s vote is considered an historic victory for so-called Open Internet advocates, and a major blow to big Internet service providers, such as Comcast and Verizon, which will now be subject to stronger regulations.
Crucially, the FCC’s new rules were designed to give the agency explicit legal authority to regulate broadband Internet providers by reclassifying broadband under Title II of the federal Communications Act.
Editor’s note: Upon passage of new “Open Internet” regulations, Commissioner Ajut Pai requested that the FCC “immediately release the 332-page Internet regulation plan publicly and allow the American people a reasonable period of not less than 30 days to carefully study it.” Pai’s request was denied, according to NPR.