The FCC, an organization that alleges to have our best interests at heart, spit in our faces Thursday by voting to eliminate net neutrality rules established by the Open Internet Order back in 2015. The vote was 3-2 along party lines, TechCrunch reported.
The move had been met with opposition from advocacy groups, technologists, and anyone with even an inkling of a brain ahead of Thursday's bullshit vote. Stripping net neutrality protections means Internet providers (Verizon, AT&T, etc.) can speed up, slow down, or even block service for certain apps and websites.
Netflix was among the first to issue a statement condemning the FCC's act of cowardice, promising that Thursday marks the beginning of a lengthy legal showdown. "We're disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement," Netflix tweeted. "This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order."
Others quickly joined the discussion, outlining the attacks on free speech and communication that are now in play:
To clarify just how widely opposed the FCC's move is, consider this survey showing that 83 percent of Americans (including the vast majority of self-identified Republicans) are against killing net neutrality.
The fight for protecting a free and open internet is now Congressional. Get cracking.