On Friday, the FCC voted 4-3 to approve the repeal of the rules that have been in place since 2010.
That’s a big win for net neutrality advocates, who had been hoping for a repeal of a rules that prohibit broadband providers from blocking, throttling, or speeding up access to certain websites.
The rules had been under threat in the Senate since a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill last month to repeal the rules, which they said are too onerous and burdensome.
The new rule repeal passed the FCC by a vote of 4-2.
This isn’t the first time the FCC has taken on net neutrality concerns.
Last month, the agency voted 5-4 to repeal rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or slowing down certain web traffic.
It also took the extraordinary step of proposing rules that allow the agency to reverse its previous ruling to require internet service provider providers (ISMPs) to pay for internet access that would otherwise be free for everyone.
But net neutrality is a more recent topic than a previous one.
Back in October, the Trump administration issued a temporary rule that would have allowed ISPs to charge customers extra for internet service they didn’t already pay for.
After it took effect, Trump tweeted that it “isn’t fair to pay more for Internet access that isn’t needed.”
That rule, which was originally supposed to go into effect on March 20, was later overturned on Tuesday.
And last month, a federal judge in Maryland struck down a previous FCC rule that allowed ISPs, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon, to charge content companies extra for fast lanes on their networks.
On Friday, however, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it will not reclassify broadband as a common carrier service.
Instead, it will allow ISPs to operate as common carriers, which allow them to pay customers for internet services they want to access.
And while the rules have been effective for blocking, prioritizing, and speeding up certain internet traffic, the commission said that they can’t prevent ISPs from making their own network investments.
In fact, the rules were designed to keep ISPs out of the broadband market and instead let them compete on a level playing field.
The FCC’s net neutrality rule was designed to “restrict the unfairness of paid prioritization and anticompetitive practices, and to ensure that broadband providers do not seek to distort the market or harm consumers,” according to a press release from the agency.
The FCC will now move to take down the rules in its entirety, reversing the decision from the Obama administration.
The repeal vote comes after months of public pressure on the FCC to reverse a rule that prevented the agency from overturning the Obama-era regulations.
On Friday morning, the White House sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai calling for a new, temporary net neutrality rules.
Pai has said the agency needs to make the repeal vote permanent, though it’s unclear how much impact that would actually have on the repeal.
“The FCC’s actions today demonstrate that it is time for the agency and the American people to take a bold step forward in the fight for net-neutrality,” the White Houses press secretary, Eric Schultz, said in a statement.
Pai responded by tweeting that the FCC’s action “will not undo a historic regulatory victory.”
The White House and the FCC also tweeted a joint statement saying that the Trump Administration “will ensure the future of the open internet,” adding that the repeal decision “will serve as a wakeup call to Congress, the courts, and the private sector that they must restore the protections we have in place to ensure the free and open internet.”
Update: This story has been updated to include a statement from the WhiteHouse.