Apple and many other large companies have previously urged the FCC to reconsider this proposal. Those in favor of net neutrality believe that the reclassification of ISPs will eventually divide internet users into fast lanes and slow lanes.
And Pai, before the vote was final, sought to swat away his critics. "Following today's vote," he began, "Americans will still be able to access the websites they want to visit. They will still be able to enjoy the services they want to enjoy. There will still be cops on the beat guarding a free and open internet. "