Regulators abolish 'net neutrality' rules in heated hearing that was stopped because of a BOMB threat as protesters rallied outside
- Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers treat all web traffic equally
- Obama-era 2015 rules prohibited telecom companies from blocking or slowing down apps that rival their own services
- Now the FCC's Trump-appointed majority has repealed the rule along party lines, and protesters descended on Washington to oppose the plan
- One Democratic commissioner said Republicans were 'handing the keys to the Internet' to a 'handful of multi-billion dollar corporations'
- The Republican chairman said of the time before the rule was adopted, 'The Internet wasn't broken in 2015. We weren't living in a digital dystopia'
- The hearing room was cleared briefly following a phoned-in bomb threat so explosive-sniffing dogs could be brought in