WASHINGTON, DC -: Activists shout slogans during a rally outside the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Activists held the rally in support of maintaining net neutrality. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Federal Communications Commission could vote this week to roll back net neutrality rules. There is fear that could lead to higher prices and less access to the internet. South Dakota Senator John Thune says he is hearing about it.

Thune, Chairman of the Commerce Committee which over sees the FCC, says Congress needs a more active role in managing the internet.

Thune says the FCC action will roll back rules put in place during the Obama administration.

Jessica Gonzalez, deputy director and senior counsel for the group Free Press, says most rural communities only have one internet provider and those providers could do as they please if the rule is repealed.

 

 

 Protests against the repeal of net neutrality are planned for Thursday (12/7) in front of Verizon stores across the country. Pai is a former attorney for Verizon. You can find local protests at verizonprotests.com.

Internet service providers now have to maintain equal access to all users of the internet.