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"It is incumbent on the House of Representatives to listen to the voices of consumers, including the millions of Americans who supported the FCC's 2015 net neutrality order, and keep the internet free and open for all", they said in a letter Thursday. Large companies that own internet-service providers can not show favor toward their own content by reducing the cost to access it or increasing its speed. The FCC also eliminated a rule barring providers from prioritizing their own content. That said, more than half the states in the nation are now eyeing their own net neutrality protections, either in the form of executive orders banning states from doing business with net neutrality violating ISPs (like in Montana or New York), or new net neutrality state-level laws that in many instances (California) go even further than the federal laws they're meant to replace. Various advocacy groups are still pushing to save the rules through legislation and litigation. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it". Businesses like Netflix, with large audiences and bank accounts, will likely be able to adapt - but smaller companies may struggle to strike deals with providers and pay up to have their content delivered faster. "More than 50 percent of voters say a candidate's support for the 2015 Net Neutrality rules is important to their voting decision in November's congressional elections". They created the legal foundation for real net neutrality safeguards, giving internet users the freedom to choose what they do, where they go and whom they connect with online.
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The Senate passed a measure to preserve the net neutrality rules last month. With over 175 House members supporting the resolution at the moment, the House may soon reach the 218 members required to sign a discharge petition and force a vote on the matter. And according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, as of May, 29 states have already introduced bills that enforce net neutrality principles.
"The gutting of net neutrality is a symbol of our broken democracy", Fight for the Future Deputy Director Evan Greer said in a statement. "But it has sparked an unprecedented backlash from across the political spectrum, and Internet users are coming out of the woodwork to fight tooth and nail in Congress, in the courts, and at the local and state level".
A group of 22 states have sued the FCC over the repeal.