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FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality

by Countable | 12.14.17

What’s the story?

The Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – service to apps and websites.

Why does it matter?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the commission’s two other GOP members voted to enact Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom act. With its passage, Pai said "the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet."

The "Restoring Internet Freedom" rule also changes who regulates the web. Under the 2015 rules, the FCC reclassified broadband as a utility, which gave the commission the authority to regulate broadband like telephones. Now, that authority is shifted to the Federal Trade Commission.

Net neutrality supporters, and critics of the rollback, have argued that all internet traffic should be free to run at equal speeds. They’ve said – and continue to say - that protections were needed to keep internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from blocking or slowing certain websites or charging additional fees to visit other sites.

But in a video – and series of gifs – released last night, Pai attempted to assuage critics of the repeal.

Pai said that even with the repeal, you’ll still be able to:

Instagram your food

Take selfies with your pets

And drive memes into the ground

What do you think?

There’s currently a House bill that would block the FCC from rolling back net neutrality. Should Congress take up net neutrality? Hit Take Action and let your reps know your thoughts, then comment below. And make sure to share your thoughts with Ajit Pai using our widget.

(Don’t blame Pai if you can’t see the widget—it’s not available on iPhone, but you can access it on the Countable website.)

—Josh Herman

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  • William
    12/14/2017
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    This is a call to action, not the final bell. It’s time for us to step up and contact our representatives, publicly demonstrate, and other, better, creative things I haven’t thought of yet in order to undo this absolute travesty. These corporations don’t get the final say. We do. Let’s step up.

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  • Sherri
    12/14/2017
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    Congress, do your job and represent the people, not big business. We the people do not want this. Do not allow 3 people to decide net-neutrality. FIX THIS!

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  • Scott
    12/14/2017
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    Not surprised the Verizon agent leading the FCC led the way to doing this...the GOP hasn’t looked out for the regular person in decades....

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  • Patriot.child
    12/14/2017
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    Net Neutrality is essential. Without it the biggest free speech platform ever created is taken away.

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  • Rebecca
    12/14/2017
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    The FCC has done corporations’ bidding at the expense of the American consumer. I urge my representatives- including the ones who were bought at garage sale prices by Verizon and Comcast- to immediately act to restore net neutrality backed by strong Title II enforcement!

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  • Kim
    12/14/2017
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    I am very disappointed with the FCC decision to repeal net neutrality. I expect that as my representatives, you will act in the public good to do SOMETHING to object to this horrible decision. I am so sick of fighting this battle & having some telecom hack make the decision to act against the public interest. Republicans, you are accountable for the current downward trajectory the country is headed. Your interests have been the wealthy and corporations; no more is that clear than this decision. I look forward to the day when the Democrats replace you & we have a government that acts in favor of Americans again. Shame on you!

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  • Candice
    12/14/2017
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    This is inexcusable.

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  • Norseboy
    12/14/2017
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    The net is a utility. Our tax dollars paid for the r & d that developed the internet and many of its software comes from projects sponsored by our military (again our tax dollars at work). To place this resource in the hands of large corporations who are only beholden to their shareholders not their customers is categorically wrong and quite frankly anti-American. We treat too many of our public institutions as profit centers when they should be treated as tools that make our communities better.

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  • Brian
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    This is not the America that I believe in.

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  • Mike
    12/14/2017
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    RIP Net Neutrality. RIP internet speed. RIP freedom of the internet. So begins the reign of Verizon.

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  • CamronA
    12/14/2017
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    This is an absolute disgrace, im a very republican person by i REALLY do not agree with them on this one. The internet should be a place to explore, a place of freedom, and learning, and improvement not loading symbols and payment options!

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  • Zain
    12/14/2017
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    This is a disgusting and gross abuse of power by unelected officials, this will be challenged in court, and the people shall prrevail over these cretins.

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  • Myra
    12/14/2017
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    Umm, hello! Do you know how many people depend on the internet as the world becomes dependent on digital technology? The same people folks refuse to help in regards to jobs, money, housing, etc... People are working hard to keep us segregated in several different ways as if we don’t deserve access to resources as the rest of the rich folks do.

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  • Amy
    12/14/2017
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    Thanks for nothing. 2018, and everyone is out!

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  • brady
    12/14/2017
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    This is a call to action, not the final bell. It’s time for us to step up and contact our representatives, publicly demonstrate, and other, better, creative things we haven’t thought of yet in order to support the repeal of net neutrality. These corporations don’t get the final say. We do. Let’s step up. Support the repeal of net neutrality.

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  • JasonB
    12/14/2017
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    My congressional representatives have a responsibility to their constituents to enact legislation which will ensure net neutrality. With the FCC choosing to dismantle net neutrality today, it is obvious that they are merely pandering to big business and have no concern for the people they are supposed to represent. No matter the political leanings of your constituents, net neutrality ensures that everyone is on fair and even ground. Are you republican? Then you should fear that the Democrats will make npr free and charge for Fox and Breitbart. Are you democrat? Then you should fear the republicans will make Breitbart free and charge for npr and cnn. I must impress upon my representatives that net neutrality helps and supports voters, no matter their political opinion. Enact legislation which will ensure net neutrality is the law of the land.

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  • Lexpost
    12/14/2017
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    I wish Pai could understand that all I want from Comcrap is for them to connect me to the internet, at the speed I want to connect. That’s all, nothing else. Well, there is one other thing I want- the chance for me to CHOOSE which company I want to use to make my connection. I’d really like it if Comcrap had to compete to get my business.

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  • Katie
    12/14/2017
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    The internet should be treated as a utility. This is insanity. Nobody wants this. Except internet companies.

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  • Camaron
    12/14/2017
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    Take the FCC on! 24 million citizens called, wrote, and protested the repeal of Net Neutrality and unfortunately the FCC didn’t listen to us. Congress, both our Republicans and Democrats must keep the Obama-era Internet Regulations! #RESIST

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  • Sean
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    Please block the FCC from rolling back net neutrality regulations. The internet should be free to all. Rolling back these regulations will allow service providers to charge different rates to companies and customers alike, allowing them to slow down bandwidth to certain dies that don't pay to play. Or even throttle speeds to sites, possibly allowing them to control traffic to political sites. Think about how Russia was able to sway or elections, now our own corporations would be able to as well. Our government is already bogged down by political agendas of corporations and this will just add to the pile of crap, building more distrust of the government in people's minds.

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