The FCC, approved the policy known as “net neutrality” in a 3-2 vote on Thursday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure “that no one whether government or corporate should control free open access to the Internet.”
The new policy would replace a prior version adopted in 2010, but that was put on hold following a legal challenge by Verizon. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled last year that the FCC did not have sufficient regulatory power over broadband.
After that ruling, the FCC was left to reclassify broadband in a way to gain broader regulatory powers.