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Net neutrality ends: You could soon pay more to access your favorite sites

Net Neutrality ends today: You could soon pay more to access your favorite sites. (WJAR)

Monday marked the end of net neutrality -- an Obama-era protection designed to prohibit internet service providers from blocking or limiting access to certain sites.

Internet service providers are now operating with fewer restrictions, meaning you could soon pay more to access your favorite sites.

"Each day that goes by we don't have Net Neutrality protections because the FCC repealed them, we're going to see a slow chipping away of the open internet we've all come to rely on,” warns Mark Stanley or Demand Progress.

In December, the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality protections that prohibited internet providers from favoring or blocking access to particular websites -- saying the rules were too heavy handed.

"Everybody in the internet economy is better off with a market-based approach," says Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC.

Congress is attempting to overturn the FCC repeal.

The measure passed the Senate with bipartisan support in May. The issue is now before the House, which has until the end of the year to bring it to a vote.

In the meantime, Internet service providers say they will continue to uphold Net Neutrality principles.

But without regulation, some are nervous.

"I don't think it’s enough at all to trust these companies," says Stanley.

Lawsuits challenging the net neutrality repeal are now underway, and some states are taking action, too.

Several governors have issued executive orders that prohibit doing business with companies that violate net neutrality principles -- including Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.

However, the FCC's repeal order also includes a provision that could prevent states from creating their own net neutrality rules.

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