FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality

It came down to a 3 to 2 vote along party lines.

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Net Neutrality

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, TechCrunchreported.

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.

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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:

BREAKING: The FCC just voted to dismantle #netneutrality. This represents a radical departure that risks erosion of the biggest free speech platform the world has ever known.

— ACLU (@ACLU) December 14, 2017

The FCC has not taken this decision seriously. It would be great to flip Congress in 2018 and just fixing this via legislation.

— deray (@deray) December 14, 2017

The @FCC has voted to repeal Obama-era #NetNeutrality rules. RT if you agree that the internet was meant to be open and free for everyone – not sold off to the highest bidder.

— André Carson (@RepAndreCarson) December 14, 2017

“The fight to save net neutrality does not end today.” This is only the beginning. Congress works for you, tell them what you want to see passed, and that it’s a voting issue for you. #netneutrality pic.twitter.com/0yxLtD44G7

— Resistbot 🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇦 (@resistbot) December 14, 2017

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.

Fuck the FCC, especially chairman and noted man without spine Ajit Pai. While we still have access to Twitter, we should let Mr. E Corp know how big of a fuckstick he is, like so:

The fight for protecting a free and open internet is now Congressional. Get cracking.

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