However, there's now a move by the FCC to repeal the rules, much to the exasperation of web users and technology companies.
The idea of net neutrality means that "no ISP should be able to unfairly manipulate your Internet usage or your experience of the Web", The Independent says, especially if it were to damage the functionality of businesses.
You may notice some changes to your favorite websites and online services Wednesday.
Net neutrality "is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication". Participating companies changed their websites to show what it would look like if those rules were eliminated.
There's a massive protest happening Wednesday-and it's taking place entirely online.
The campaign claims that the FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what people see and do online.
A US -wide opinion poll released earlier this week revealed strong support for Net Neutrality, spanning the political spectrum. Also involved is OkCupid, Vimeo and, one of the world's most visited sites, Pornhub.
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There had been about 6 million filings on net neutrality's overturn made to the FCC as of Tuesday night, both supporting and opposing the policy.
Rules in the U.S. established that internet service providers (ISPs) should not slow down, block or charge more for certain websites to be displayed faster. Customers of streaming services like Netflix could see their subscription fees rise.
Regulations for net neutrality were originally instituted under the Obama administration in 2015.
The issue of net neutrality, the notion that Internet service providers shouldn't limit delivery of any content in favor of their own or partners', has become quite the cause célèbre, a story that concerns the limitations of what Internet service providers can and can't do.
The struggle is real, but not new: Media and tech companies have backed an open internet for years.
"It's about free and open internet and I think it's important to preserve that". That page directs people to the official FCC comment site, which is accepting public comments on "Restoring Internet Freedom" until July 17.
"If ISPs (internet service providers) had charged for preferred treatment when Drew and Arash founded Dropbox in 2007, we might never have gotten off the ground", added Dropbox's general counsel Bart Volkmer, referring to its founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi.
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