In 2015, the Obama Administration adopted rules to preserve the Internet as a free and open space. The rules specifically clarified that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are to be treated as public utilities and that all broadband internet providers enable access to all content and applications equitably and not block, slow, or otherwise unfairly discriminate against any websites or online services. Net Neutrality did not change the Internet in any specific way. Rather, it preserved the internet as what is always has been – a place to share and access information without interference.
Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, who previously worked as a lawyer for Verizon, plans to eliminate these Net Neutrality rules and give more discretion to ISPs. The FCC board will vote on the proposal on December 12. The specific language of the rules to be voted on is expected to be released sometime during the week of Thanksgiving.