In his recent show, Kimmel blasted the Trump administration for killing net neutrality.
“The FCC did something absolutely despicable today. They voted to put an end to net neutrality,” he said.
The comedian went ahead and explained what the order said and meant for the people of the United States and how it will benefit internet service providers.
“Now, this is the rule that says everyone gets equal access to the internet – a big company or somebody selling crochet owls from their house in the mid-west. Now, as long as they tell us they’re doing it now, internet service providers will be allowed to slow down or block web traffic to any website or streaming service they like—which benefits the big telecom companies, and does the opposite for all of us,” said Kimmel.
The host further slammed the Trump administration for repealing the rule despite opposition from people.
“They did this even though 83 percent of Americans support net neutrality, and 2 million of the people who supposedly wrote to the FCC to opposite net neutrality were bogus. Many turned out to be dead people; someone stole the identities of dead people to help push this through,” the host said.
Towards the end of the segment, Kimmel urged lawmakers to pass legislation in Senate restoring net neutrality.
“So now, we have to hope Congress agrees to vote on and reverse it,” offered Kimmel. “But I just want to say, thank you, President Trump. Thanks to you—and this jack**** you appointed to run the FCC—big corporations are about to take full control of the internet. So Merry Christmas, everybody,” he said.
The “jack****” Kimmel is referring to is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Pai was appointed as one of several commissioners in the department by former President Barrack Obama but he was elevated to the post as the chairman by Trump.
Net neutrality rules were intended to ensure an open internet. After all, internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet the same, refraining from discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, etc.
However, the repeal means internet will never be the same again.
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