UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The end of net neutrality in the United States is scheduled to take place next month.
The Federal Communications Commission announced on May 10 that current net neutrality rules would end on June 11.
In 2015, the Obama administration instated net neutrality rules, which prevented internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to online content or charging consumers more for so-called “fast lanes.”
The FCC voted to overturn the rules in December, arguing that the Obama administration overstepped and imposed unnecessary restrictions on a system that was not broken.
Instead, the FCC said it will return the internet to the “light-touch approach” used in the pre-2015 era.
The December decision prompted a group of 22 states to sue to try to block net neutrality’s repeal from taking effect. They argue that revoking the rules could allow internet companies to act as internet gatekeepers and drive up the costs of internet use.