Net neutrality rules guarantee that internet service providers must make all content available at the same speed. Without net neutrality, ISPs can throttle or eliminate access to some websites' content, creating a virtual "fast lane" where companies who pay up can get better access, and small businesses could languish. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney, insists that deregulating the industry will spur greater innovation and benefit rural America. Click here for a good explanation of the issue.
The FCC has solicited public comments on the proposal since May. About 800,000 comments opposing net neutrality, out of the 22 million total comments, may have been faked. The FCC has ignored Freedom of Information Act requests for records, causing Democratic senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Frank Pallone of New Jersey to call for an investigation.