What the hell does net neutrality have to do with family values? Honestly, net neutrality is about the dumbest branch liberals have hung their hat on. Everything is conjecture and hyperbole. I've just tuned it out.
During that period [1995-2015], a bi-partisan consensus of Congress, the White House and the FCC stayed out of the Internet regulation business, following the command of a 1996 law to encourage broadband deployment by leaving it "unfettered by Federal or State regulation."
The results speak for themselves, including trillions of dollars of new economic value, much of it built by U.S.-based Internet companies.
Throughout that time, there were, contrary to popular myth, no enforceable net neutrality rules. The FCC did not police ISP network management practices, or prohibit specific conduct.
That was left to the Federal Trade Commission, using general consumer protection and anti-competition laws. Prior to 2015, the FTC pursued over a hundred complaints against ISPs and others in the Internet ecosystem.
In fact, the 2015 Order explicitly cut off the FTC's jurisdiction over broadband companies, one of the many negative side-effects Pai's proposal would reverse.
As I've written before, the net neutrality fight long ago stopped being about how to regulate network management principles prohibiting blocking, throttling, or otherwise discriminating against some packets for anti-competitive reasons.
Whether its most ardent advocates know it or not, support for net neutrality rules was hijacked into a proxy referendum on whether U.S. information infrastructure should remain privately funded and operated or nationalized, either as a government service or a quasi-governmental public utility.
In 2015, a majority of FCC Commissioners voted for the latter, justifying their decision as the only option left to get enforceable net neutrality rules past the federal courts.
(A challenge to that decision is still on-going, with the U.S. Supreme Court waiting on the FCC's current proceeding to see if the issue becomes moot.)