A bill by the Federal Communications Commission would overturn a provision that gave the agency the power to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs).
The legislation was introduced on Wednesday, and will be considered by the full FCC in January.
Net neutrality advocates say it would open the door to more online discrimination, such as blocking and throttling of content, and that the agency should be able to take a close look at the impact of such practices.
Net Neutrality advocates say they’re concerned that the proposal would open an avenue to regulate ISPs based on political views.
Netneutrality advocates worry that if the FCC adopts the proposal, it could end up being seen as a political tool.
Net neutrality advocates like former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler argue that the Federal Trade Commission has already used the FCC’s authority to regulate ISP practices, and has been able to successfully use its authority to enforce net neutrality rules in the past.
The FCC has said it will not take up the issue of Net Neutralities.