The votes are in and net neutrality is out.
The FCC voted 3 to 2 in favor of repealing rules designed to make internet providers treat online traffic and services equally.
But it wasn't without some drama.
Before the vote the room was briefly evacuated because of a security alert.
And during the hearing, fiery statements were made against the repeal by Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
Some may ask why are we witnessing such unprecedented groundswell of public support for keeping the 2015 net neutrality protections in place?
Because the public can plainly see that a soon-to-be toothless FCC is handing the keys to the Internet.
The internet, one of the most remarkable and empowering, enabling invention of our lifetime Over to a handful of multibillion dollar corporations.
In response, Chairman Adget Pye had this quip.
Thank you, Mr. Clyburn.
I'm gonna mark you down as a no.
Commisioner Michael O'Riley followed up with his statements supporting getting rid of the rules.
A legend of a cable company trying to break the internet makes scary bedtime stories for children of Cellcom geeks but it isn't reality so for those of you out there, there are [INAUDIBLE] look tomorrow make brain please take a deep breath.
This decision will not break the Internet.
Now the vote has been taken.
The repeal has to be entered into the federal register, and that's expected to happen early next year.
So will the Internet look any different tomorrow?
Cnets Maggie Reardon explains.
The changes that a lot of people fear are gonna happen slowly, and it's gonna happen when Broadband providors and wireless companies [UNKNOWN] change for business models.
So you're not gonna notice anything probably for quite some time.
The vote happened just one day after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reported that two million comets [UNKNOWN] FCC about net neutrality were made under misused identities.
Earlier in December, Schneiderman along with 28 senators
Called on the FCC to delay the vote until the fake comments could be investigated.
The FCC rejected these requested to delay the vote but Commissioner Rosenworcel addressed concerns in her statements.
Saying half a million comments were submitted using Russian email addresses.
She said quote I think that's a problem end quote.
For a deeper dive into the world of net neutrality and what it means for you right now we've brewed up a handy explanation with beer on CNET.com
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