Rather than the relatively regulation-free marketplace that's made up the Internet Service Provider network to this point, the online world will now be treated like the rest of the heavily regulated telecommunications world, which has a number of restrictions aimed at protecting consumers and preventing corporations from unfair pricing.
"Today's vote is the fruition of a decade-long fight by those of us who believe in preserving the Internet as a level playing field," Adam Green, Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder, said in a statement sent to Mic. "Protecting Net Neutrality through reclassification is the kind of big, bold idea that is hugely popular with Americans of all political stripes."
In the lead-up to the vote, public sentiment was generally in favor of free and open Internet. A recent national poll of 1,500 likely 2016 voters conducted by the Progressive Change Institute and GBA Strategies found that 61% of all voters supported net neutrality, with only 26% opposing.