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What They're Saying: Net Neutrality Rollback

by Countable | 12.15.17

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

Here’s what members of the FCC, Congress, and tech companies are saying about the rollback.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the repeal, appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to say that net neutrality supporters have been "proven wrong" the day after the rollback.

"Those who have said the internet as we know it is about to end have been proven wrong starting this morning," Pai said, "as people send emails, check on their Twitter accounts, post on Facebook, and the like."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted that "snowflakes" complaining about net neutrality didn’t understand it:

Donald Trump Jr. made a similar point, noting that Pai was appointed to the FCC by then-President Barack Obama in 2012 (although he didn't become chairman until this year under President Trump):

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted that Pai and the FCC made the "right call":

But fellow Wisconsinite, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, tweeted the move was "not right":

The House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, tweeted this was a win for the American people:

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) shared similar sentiments on Twitter:

Not everyone agrees that the rollback "will ensure the online marketplace continues to flourish."

California Sen. Kamala Harris called the repeal "outrageous," tweeting:

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) also voiced his outrage with a series of tweets:

Some have promised this isn’t the end of the battle for net neutrality.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he plans to take the ruling to court:

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) tweeted that he plans to introduce a bill to "reverse the FCC’s historic mistake":

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan tweeted that she’s joining Sen. Markey’s legislation:

And Netflix tweeted the rollback "is the beginning of a longer legal battle":

What do you think?

Now that you know what they’re saying, what do you have to say? Is the FCC rollback "the right call"? Or is it “outrageous”? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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