Update, 10:21 a.m. PDT: The FCC voted along party lines Thursday to repeal the “net neutrality” rule adopted in 2015. Tech Crunch writes:

The order passed today, “Restoring Internet Freedom,” essentially removes the FCC as a regulator of the broadband industry and relegates rules that prevented blocking and throttling content to the honor system. The FTC is now ostensibly has that role, but it is far from an expert agency on this topic and cannot make preemptive rules like those that have been in place for the last few years.

As expected, the vote was 3 to 2 along party lines, with Chairman Ajit Pai and Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly voting in favor of the order, and Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voting against.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has expressed concern over the public comment process prior to the FCC’s vote, immediately declared his intent to sue the FCC over its vote:

Politicians, activists and corporations quickly shared their outrage on Twitter:

Stay tuned for more updates.

Earlier: If federal regulators repeal net neutrality, internet providers will be allowed to speed up service for some apps and websites—and block or slow down others. Such a decision would overturn the landmark, Obama-era regulations for broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon.

Watch live video of the FCC’s vote above.


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