10 Simple, Yet Horrifying, Tweets Explain Why Net Neutrality Matters

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The action also marks a victory for big internet service providers and gives them sweeping powers to decide what web content consumers can get and at what price.

The Federal Communications Commission just officially killed net neutrality by repealing 2015 Obama-era landmark rules that prohibited internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai rolled out the plan to dismantle the landmark net neutrality policy, and on Thursday, the commission's 3-2 vote made it official, leaving the industry to basically police itself.

The action marks a victory for big internet service providers, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, which opposed the rules. The vote gives them sweeping powers to decide what web content consumers can get and at what price.

According to Pai, rules that govern telecommunications, cable and broadcasting companies are harmful to business, and this move is the most forceful action in his race to roll them up.

“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them...,” he said in a statement.

Pai first proposed the plan in May, and since then, the department received more than 22 million comments from the public.

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.

As Pai and the department were able to move us closer to experiencing a very different internet, people took to Twitter to express outrage.

Some reminded internet users that the rule changes must now be reviewed and passed by Congress, so now it's the citizens' turn to act by contacting their representatives. The FCC might have voted to put the power back into corporations' hands, but right now, the power of the people could change that.

 

Spotlight/Banner: Reuters, Eric Gaillard

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