"America's internet economy became the envy in the world", he said.
The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines in December to repeal the rules, which were meant to prevent internet providers from blocking, speeding up, or slowing down access to specific online services. The old rules, called Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, prohibited internet providers from blocking or slowing down websites or prioritizing their content over others.
For instance, both the ISPs and the FCC have claimed that net neutrality has hurt investment. Moving forward, the FCC no longer has the full authority to police bad behavior by broadband monopolies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, thanks to the Trump FCC's decision to gut classification of ISPs as common carriers. But unlike with the issues of blocking or slowing access to internet services, they've been much less definitive on fast lanes.
More than 20 states sued the government to stop the repeal, as did the public-interest group Free Press and the think tank Open Technology Institute and Firefox browser maker Mozilla.
Pai said the repeal of net neutrality would be beneficial to consumers, saying the old regulations stood in the way of cheaper, more widely available Internet. Although the vote occurred months ago, it took time for the results to take effect.
Ajit Pai, in an op-ed piece published today, championed the end of Net Neutrality regulations.
Several states are enacting their own rules, or are in the process of adopting net neutrality rules.
Nor could they charge Netflix and other video services extra to reach viewers more smoothly.
Net neutrality advocates have heard that argument before and don't buy it.
Pai says that by deregulating the internet service provider industry, there will now be "strong consumer protections" and that "entrepreneurs [will get] the information they need as they develop new products and services". After all, the rules on net neutrality have changed multiple times already - six times in the last 10 years, in fact.
The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks.
The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Montana, for example, have each signed executive orders requiring broadband providers with state contracts to be net neutral. And California bill moving through the state legislature would go one step beyond that would go one step beyond that by banning all zero-rating programs altogether. Many Democrats say the issue will help motivate younger people to vote in congressional elections this November, when all 435 seats in the House and a third of the 100-member Senate will be up for grabs.