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:
Snowflake, believing online propaganda: "OMG w/o net neutrality, the Internet is gone!" Informed observer: "You know, the FCC issued that rule in 2015. The Internet grew up wonderfully free from govt regulation & this restores the status quo ante." Snowflake: "Uh, never mind..."— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 15, 2017
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):
I would pay good money to see all those people complaining about Obama’s FCC chairman voting to repeal #NetNeutality actually explain it in detail. I’d also bet most hadn’t heard of it before this week. #outrage— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 15, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted that Pai and the FCC made the "right call":
This is the right call by @AjitPaiFCC and the @FCC. The way to keep the internet free and open and protect consumers is to crack down on internet service providers that would abuse open access. https://t.co/5kxwSZGJzt pic.twitter.com/oIiwSvKqbh— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 14, 2017
But fellow Wisconsinite, Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, tweeted the move was "not right":
The @FCC just voted to end #NetNeutrality in a move that allows internet service providers to turn the internet into an uneven playing field, with fast lanes for some and slow lanes for others. That’s not right.— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) December 14, 2017
The House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, tweeted this was a win for the American people:
Americans want better internet access and they want it to be cheaper. The internet is not broken; the federal government does not need to come in and fix it. pic.twitter.com/YZE6SkCIic— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 14, 2017
Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) shared similar sentiments on Twitter:
#NetNeutrality regulations stifled innovation and competition on the internet and did nothing to protect consumers. Returning to a free and open internet will ensure the online marketplace continues to flourish while increasing broadband access for rural and low-income Americans.— Tom Graves (@RepTomGraves) December 14, 2017
Not everyone agrees that the rollback "will ensure the online marketplace continues to flourish."
California Sen. Kamala Harris called the repeal "outrageous," tweeting:
Today the FCC voted along party lines to repeal net neutrality. It is outrageous that they ruled in favor of multi-billion-dollar broadband companies over the interests of consumers. Americans deserve a fair and open internet. https://t.co/hBYwVgo7JK— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 14, 2017
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) also voiced his outrage with a series of tweets:
Today’s rollback of #NetNeutrality is a brazen betrayal of American consumers, innovators, students, and entrepreneurs – all of whom will suffer tremendously without a free and open internet.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 14, 2017
I am disgusted that @AjitPaiFCC and the FCC have defied overwhelming public opposition and upended the level playing field so integral to the success of our internet – undercutting the accessibility and spirit that have made it a force for innovation and economic growth.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 14, 2017
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":
I plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution that would restore the Open Internet Order and reverse the @FCC’s historic mistake of repealing #NetNeutrality. This fight is far from over. pic.twitter.com/FTyqf1U83X— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) December 14, 2017
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":
We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.— Netflix US (@netflix) December 14, 2017
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.
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Written by Countable
I am disappointed that I haven’t seen the headline “representatives step in to defend their constituents”. It’s disgraceful how little action was taken when pretty much everyone not employed by telecoms made their voice heard and it was ignored. The proceeding was even stopped for a good 20 minutes because of protesters. I am sick of not being listened to. I hope that my representatives make the right choice and fight to block this repeal. I shouldn’t have to “hope”. I should be guaranteed that my representatives will protect me.
Do these representatives really think we are this stupid? None of the supporters of Net Neutrality honestly believed the crash would come all at once and it would be today. Movement from democracy to autocracy or kleptocracy is not an earthquake, it is a sunset - something that happens slowly, over time. The move yesterday merely set the stage for the coming ebbing away of free and open access. The freaking Internet will not die - it does not belong to the FCC or any other US government agency. It will potentially become harder for US citizens to access sites, content, etc. as the greedy corporations flex their muscle. Maybe this administration can get pointers from China on creating a closed Internet. I hear that did a great job. I also absolutely RESENT Ted Cruz calling any of us snowflakes. We are your constituents (luckily not in my case - I don't/won't ever live in TX). How dare you insult my intelligence.
Notice it’s only those with a lot to gain that are celebrating this as a good thing..just cause you put lipstick on a pig underneath it’s still a Republican
I'm sorry. It doesn't matter what you government people think. We, the people of the United States, have decided that we want Net Neutrality. Now either represent our wishes or get out of our way. You've managed to unify America in protest against you. Listen to us now or you're gonna be out on your butts in November.
Congress must act to protect the internet for what it truly is, a public utility and a vital tool to access multiple rights. The overwhelming majority of Americans have spoken and the message is clear, net neutrality is demanded.
Back in the 1800's, there was no need for all the traffic regulations we have today. As cars evolved, there were restrictions put in place to meet this changing aspect of our lives. Similarly, as electricity became available in our homes, there were regulations developed to protect our citizens from abuses, price gouging, etc., by the providers. The Internet is as essential to daily life as electricity. As the Internet has evolved, restrictions are needed to meet this growing technology and prevent abuses by the providers, just as we have regulations governing all our utility providers.
Ajit Pai and the Republican Congresspeople are calling a majority of Americans snowflakes? Perhaps they fail to recall the throttling of Netflix by Verizon? Well guess what, we so-called snowflakes remember. We remember exactly why we fought for net neutrality in the first place. So Ajit, you and your pet Congresspeople best prepare for a snowstorm as the snowflakes band together to get it back.
Contable, stop presenting Tea Party loons (Ted Cruz) and Trump-Era bootlickers like Paul Ryan as having informed opinions.
Stupid morons looking to satisfy their corporate sponsors. The GOP has lost focus and purpose of their jobs. time for the GOP to start serving the American public, it is very apparent that they have sold their positions and votes to the corporate donors. Start focusing on the people of this country before you tear the Republican Party completely apart and render it ineffective.
This clearly exemplifies the oligarchy we are headed for under this administration. That is not hyperbole. 83% of Americans are against this repeal. 83%! And we were unabashedly IGNORED. This is not a democracy. No message will accurately convey my disgust. Why is this such a big deal? This repeal is a subscription to greater inequality in this country. Those who deny that should be utterly ashamed of themselves. This country, in its current form, is indefensible.
I don't know of anyone who thought the internet would change or stop TODAY. Its the longer term that I fear for. I don't want to see my ISP slow down connectivity for packages or sites that are their competitors. That is my concern for the future.
I believe that Tammy is right this is not right I don’t think ending net neutrality is right keep it or sue this is a fight to keep it up.
Support net neutrality!
Sure, market competition is a good thing for consumers, but the market is already squeezed tighter than trumps ass. Who can move in and try to compete with big telecoms when they are forced to buy premium services from the same companies? This is Pai sucking trumps ass to boost big business profits. The quid pro quo is, trump will be able to influence the flow of information we are 'allowed' to see on the net.
Cannot wait for midterm elections!! Insanity and if congress thinks we will let this go because of all distractions they throw at us, they are VERY WRONG!! Cannot run this government like a business suited only for the top .1%!! The Doug Jones victory is only the beginning!! Ajit Pai should be banned from the FCC due to conflict of interest however we have a very corrupt administration in place at this time. Revolution..
Net neutrality is a cornerstone of the democratic way in media and communications. It must be maintained.
Dear Representatives, Congress must act to protect the internet for what it truly is, a public utility and a vital tool to access multiple rights. The overwhelming majority of Americans have spoken and the message is clear, net neutrality is demanded.
In your 2018 midterms, go to your town hall and have your candidates answer these questions for the record. 1) do you support the repeal of the ACA? 2) do you support the repeal of net neutrality? 3) do you support the tax bill? If their answers differ from yours, it's time that they answer to their constituents.
Please help to do what you can with your power to put net neutrality back in place. Those who feel it with help consumers are not consumers we do not see how this helps us but gives instead more freedom to the corporations who are clearly uninterested in doing things to benefit us without greatly increasing their own profits.
We MUST keep Net Neutrality. It’s a crime to roll back the 2015 legislation. Please fight for Missouri and the country by fighting against this.