In a surprising twist, the Federal Communications Commission may not need to approve the new “nighthawks” rule, which requires ISPs to use more than just “common carrier” technology when transmitting high-speed internet connections.
The FCC voted 6-3 Tuesday to adopt the rules, which would prevent the use of a single common carrier to provide wireless internet service for consumers.
The commission voted 3-2 to kill the rule.
The rules are the latest in a series of efforts by the FCC to address the problem of excessive speed and high costs for internet service.
The agency has also been trying to streamline its rules and roll back net neutrality rules.
A common carrier can include multiple providers, but they have to operate in a way that allows consumers to choose which of them to use.