FCC Enacts Title II Net Neutrality Rules With Partisan Vote – By Tom Risen Feb. 26, 2015 | 2:21 p.m. EST

The fight over regulating the Internet is far from over, however.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (C) holds hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel during an open hearing on Net Neutrality at the FCC headquarters February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler holds hands with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, left, and Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel during a hearing on Thursday. The agency has voted in favor of new rules governing Internet traffic.

After nearly a year of intense debate about the future of the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that aim to preserve competition online by treating all Internet traffic equally.

But Republicans and telecom companies still plan to fight the regulation in court and in Congress.

[READ: Republicans Defy Net Neutrality Ahead of FCC Vote]

The newly approved rules forbid Internet service providers from blocking or slowing the traffic of their rivals, and ban new fees for faster download speeds that would create “paid prioritization” or “fast lanes.” The rules will affect competition between certain companies, especially those reliant on fast download speeds like Skype and Netflix.

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