Net neutrality is the principle that an internet service provider (ISP) must provide access to all sites, content and applications at the same speed, under the same conditions without blocking or preferencing any content.
In 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under a Democratic administration, published a rule implementing open internet regulations that prohibited the blocking or degrading of lawful content on the internet by ISPs. In 2017, the FCC, under a Republican majority, voted to repeal net neutrality rules. In 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice under President Biden dropped a department lawsuit filed under former President Trump that challenged California’s net neutrality rules. The Biden Administration is expected to champion net neutrality. We can see the first steps already being taken, with the DOJ dropping the California lawsuit, and Biden’s appointment of Jessica Rosenworcel, a staunch supporter of net neutrality, as the acting chairwoman of the FCC.