Ahead of the December 14 commission vote that ended those Obama-era net neutrality regulations, current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called those same rules a " heavy-handed, utility-style.mistake" and pledged to stop the federal government from "micromanaging" the internet by introducing a new set of "internet freedom" regulations.
New regulations that took legal effect Monday give internet service providers (ISPs) sweeping power to slow, block or offer "paid prioritization" to some websites as long as they disclose the practices.
Net neutrality is the idea that your internet service provider (ISP) can't change their speed on sites they don't support: It doesn't matter if you're looking at The Washington Post or Str8UpGayPorn, your ISP can't throttle your speed so your porn loads super-slowly, and if your ISP is a fan of Trump, they can't block the WaPo.
Internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and Comcast have a great deal of freedom over how they conduct their business. Such a scenario could be particularly devastating for startups with ambitions of becoming the next Netflix or Hulu, as they will have a much harder time paying ISP fees to compete early on. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai continues to suggest that Obama-era rules were "heavy-handed" and they negatively impacted innovation.
Net neutrality is no longer the law of the land.
Nor could they charge Netflix and other video services extra to reach viewers more smoothly. More than 20 states have sued the FCC, and several governors have passed executive orders requiring ISPs doing business with their states to uphold net neutrality.
Public protests greeted the Federal Communications Commission's plan to end use of the rules, with many saying it could have an impact on free speech.
Still, supporters have hoped to force a public vote on the issue, because with midterm elections looming some lawmakers might be swayed as net neutrality is a resonant issue with voters.
Net neutrality is officially a thing of the past - but not in Washington state.
"The big ISPs know that they're being watched - by Congress, by the courts and by their customers", she said.
"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.
"Absolutely. I'm for net neutrality", said Wilson.
Yet, some fear it's also possible internet providers will one day effectively charge customers more to access services like Netflix that are now included as part of your monthly bill. Such arrangements, known as online "fast lanes" in the eyes of critics, threatened hefty tolls that only the largest businesses could afford to pay, net neutrality advocates warned.
The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) was successful in repealing the net neutrality rules that the previous FCC leadership passed in 2015.