FCC Votes with Ajit Pai to End Net Neutrality in Party Line Vote

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Welp, they did it. Federal Communications Chair Ajit Pai and the other two Republican members of the FCC voted to end Net Neutrality. They did so with zero public hearings, a comment system marred by fake comments—including Russian-submitted comments in favor of ending Net Neutrality—and overwhelming public support for Net Neutrality regulation.

Net Neutrality is the name for the idea that all Internet traffic must be treated equally. Voting for repealing Title II classification that enforced Net Neutrality were Ajit Pai, Michael O’Rielly, and Brendan Carr. Voting to preserve Title II classification were Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel. Gizmodo published their dissenting opinions in full.

Ajit Pai, Destroyer of Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai, Destroyer of Net Neutrality

What Ending Net Neutrality Regulation Means

This vote allows broadband providers to do with your traffic what they want. Under the regulations just voted in by this cabal of buffoonery, broadband providers can block sites or apps, throttle them, speed up others, charge content providers more to use their pipes, or whatever they want. They could even charge you more to use, say, social media platforms or streaming video services. As long as those providers disclose to their consumers what they’re getting, they can do what they wish.

The rational used by Ajit Pai is that disclosure equals competition, and that consumers will now be free to choose the services they want. This, of course, is a lie, because a huge chunk of America has no competition to choose from, and that’s according to the FCC’s own data.

Broadband providers have publicly stated they would never do any of these awful things. But then, they were doing these awful things before the FCC voted in 2015 to impose Title II classification on them—which is why it happened. So, please forgive my utter lack of trust in companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.

Challenging the FCC’s Action

Lots of groups have promised to challenge Thursday’s action in court, while others have promised to take this to Congress. As noted above, the public overwhelmingly supports Net Neutrality regulation. The Washington Post noted that a University of Maryland survey published on Tuesday found that 83% of Americans opposed the FCC’s plan, and that includes 75% of Republicans.

Which could be why Ajit Pai held zero public hearings on ending Net Neutrality. Zero. None, despite bipartisan calls to do so. In addition to we, the people, being opposed this idiocy, tech companies, Tim Berners-Lee, consumer groups, and others also opposed it. Broadband providers, though—the people the FCC is supposed to regulate—were all for it.

What You Can Do about Net Neutrality

If you are interested in restoring sanity to internet regulation, the first thing you can do is remember that toolbox pictured above.

Mr. Pai, we will remember you.

While it’s possible court challenges will reverse part or all of what happened today, it’s not likely. That means making Net Neutrality something you vote on when it comes to elections.

That statement isn’t about partisanship or Democrat/Republican. As noted above, Net Neutrality has bipartisan support. Demand that your senators and representatives support Net Neutrality, whichever party you support. In the next election cycle, support only candidates that care about this issue, starting in the primary process.

The internet as we know it was built on the principles of Net Neutrality. It is up to we, the people, to put politicians in power who respect our access to information, and to demand that they restore Net Neutrality immediately.

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Paul Goodwin

Just another item on the agenda of the right wing a-holes that have been voted into office. Their grand scheme is in full gear dismantling all protections against big money and big business. They’re attacking every facet of our world: the web, the environment, our taxes, our education system, just to name a few. They’ve planned this for years, know when and how to lie to people, and with an endless pool of big money, will keep on (regardless of lawsuits) until they’re voted out of office. Never have so many been duped by so few. This is one horrid… Read more »

geoduck
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geoduck

Could not agree more. DT is out front like the dancing clown that gets people’s attention, while the real criminals are working the crown picking their pockets. I fled the US a decade ago andI’m so glad I did. This is going to get very ugly, and the country will be quite impoverished within another decade or two.

geoduck
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geoduck

Let’s hope the NY Times, or BBC or someone with integrity is digging around to find out how much Pai earned from this. Either direct payments or, more likely, through the stock he owns that will go up in value.

Old UNIX Guy
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Old UNIX Guy

Some members of Trump’s cabinet are good men, just completely unqualified … like Ben Carson at HUD.

Others are complete and utter morons … like Rick Perry at Energy.

And then there are those who are truly evil men whom the world would be a better place if they had never been born … like Ajit Pai, but especially like Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke. But then again … look who they work for.

Old UNIX Guy

geoduck
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geoduck

Your last bit summed it up, “look who they work for”. That is however, why I disagree with your first statement. Good people would not work for the Trump White House. To agree to work with him is to void any good intentions they may have.

Jamie
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Jamie

The only thing more unbelievable than the FCC’s behavior is the insult to all of our intelligence they call their justification. Nobody wants this outside of corporate circles, no one. Bald-faced liar and con man, thy name is Ajit.

John Kheit
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John Kheit

What happen to our hear/likes! I wanted to heart/like on Rick’s statement. Anyway, this may be the greatest 4 sentence synopsis of the issue ever: “The rational used by Ajit Pai is that disclosure equals competition, and that consumers will now be free to choose the services they want. This, of course, is a lie, because a huge chunk of America has no competition to choose from, and that’s according to the FCC’s own data. Broadband providers have publicly stated they would never do any of these awful things. But then, they were doing these awful things before the FCC… Read more »

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Rick Allen

I hope you got well paid from your corporate overlord handlers. Thanks a lot for being either dumber than a rock, or a dishonest piece of work. Your a massive tool, and I would say that right to your face Ajit Pai.

geoduck
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geoduck

For a second I thought you meant Beyan.