The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted 3-2 along party lines to begin a process to reinstate net neutrality rules dating back to Barack Obama's time as president.
The FCC made the vote in favor of beginning the process after a two-year holdup over a previous agency nominee. This was their first meeting held with the current composition of three Democrats and two Republicans.
Democratic Chairwoman Anna Gomez was confirmed to the commission in September, which gave FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel the ability to make progress on the partisan agenda.
"In the wake of the pandemic, we know that broadband is a necessity, not a luxury. That’s why we made a historic commitment to connecting all of us to broadband. Now we have work to do to make sure that it’s fast, open and fair," Rosenworcel said.
The two Republicans on the panel voted in opposition.
They called the rules from Obama's era "dangerously overbroad" and "unlikely to serve the public interest."
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