The Federal Communications Commission will vote to do exactly this on December 14.
Of the two ways the vote could be stopped-the first being one of three FCC board members votes no, the second being the vote is blocked by the US Senate- Shasserre said the latter is more likely.
Activists from around the country are planning a national day of action at Verizon stores on Thursday in support of net neutrality. The future of the internet and free information is now being sold to the highest bidder.
The current rules mandate internet service providers give equal access to all online content and apps. They can not discriminate by speeding up or slowing down traffic or blocking content, applications, or websites you want to use. "They have a big role in your lives, and their views on net neutrality haven't changed".
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr prepare to testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee during their confirmation hearing in July. "Any business practice that would affect the offering of a service has to be disclosed to the consumers, and entrepreneurs can understand exactly how these businesses are operated".
A Verizon spokesman said consumers had a favorable opinion of the company because it prioritized service over policy debates.
Schneiderman pointed to a study paid for by an industry group that represents Internet service providers called Broadband for America, which he says has acknowledged that as many as eight million comments submitted to the FCC may have been fake.
"What they're going to do is to allow these private companies who have their own interest to regulate how you and I get access to information and that worries me", said Hricik. Getting rid of net neutrality could ultimately mean limiting the information you can receive on the internet.
And that makes sense.
State Rep. Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point is one of many Democrats who signed a letter to the FCC asking that net neutrality be upheld. Making it more hard to find unfiltered, unbiased information appears to be a move that would benefit large ISPs and the government a lot more that it would consumers.