FCC passes historical ruling for net neutrality

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COLUMBIA- A historic decision this week proved a victory for consumers using the internet.

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 for net neutrality, allowing the agency to prohibit Internet service providers from granting faster access to companies that pay for the privilege.

The new rule will put broadband providers under the same category as utility companies responsible for providing gas, electricity and etc. The ruling would also ban blocking of content by internet service providers as well.

Those asked about the ruling said the new rules would be beneficial.

"I believe anything's great that's gonna save you money," Stacie Accola said.

She said it's been quite a battle to get good service when they say you have high-paid service but you don't.

Danielle Tevlin also said net neutrality is important for various reasons.

"I think it would protect our freedom of speech, which is important to keep us exposed and up to date with current events," Tevlin said.

Although many said they support the new rules, opponents against the ruling include companies such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

The new regulations are set to be published in the Federal Register soon and then become effective 60 days after publication.