Updated May 13, 2018 12:10:55The Federal Communications Commission has approved the most expansive set of rules for the internet since it took office in 2015.
The rule that will be issued later this month, the Internet Slowdown Rule, could mean slower internet speeds for consumers, businesses and governments.
The FCC voted 3-2 in favor of the rule.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his allies are expected to vote against it.
The decision could also affect other forms of internet service.
In January, the FCC voted 4-3 to remove rules that limited what types of internet access providers can do with their spectrum.
The FCC also voted to approve rules that would have banned certain types of broadband.
The rules will apply to internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon.
The rules also will apply directly to cable, phone and satellite companies, and wireless carriers.
Under the rules, the commission will require internet service companies to obtain permission from customers to use their spectrum in ways that are not prohibited by federal law.
The new rules also could mean less competition and greater consumer control.
The agency said that the rules would require ISPs to obtain consent from customers before using their spectrum for any type of service.
The order says that the new rules will require ISPs “to identify a variety of ways for broadband providers to obtain and use spectrum without violating any applicable federal, state or local law.”
The rules also would prohibit ISPs from selling or leasing their spectrum without first obtaining the consent of customers, but it doesn’t say how ISPs would be required to obtain this consent.
The new rules would also allow internet service to be “locked down” by a certain threshold amount of spectrum, but would require providers to notify customers when they are going to exceed the cap.
The caps would be set at the lower end of the spectrum spectrum, which is currently in use by AT<d, Verizon and Comcast.
The net neutrality rules are one of the most important issues that the FCC has dealt with in a long time.
They are one component of President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to protect net neutrality.
The internet is a critical component of the 21st century economy and should be free from interference by big companies and governments, FCC Chairman Pai said in January.
Pai also has repeatedly said that he wants to dismantle the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission.
He has also said that net neutrality would be the single greatest priority of his presidency.
“I am extremely confident that these rules will protect the open internet and help make the internet a better place,” Pai said at the time.