FCC dismantles net neutrality in a close-call vote

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Actions speak louder than words as the Federal Communications Commission turns a blind eye and a deaf ear to the people who defend net neutrality in a 2-to-3 vote, repealing net neutrality and Title II as a whole.

The vote on whether or not to repeal net neutrality and its regulations took place on Thursday where FCC chairman Aiji Pai and his colleagues would listen to testimonies and orally defend their claims. Pai is in favor of repealing net neutrality because he believes it comes with many benefits.

“We are helping consumers and promoting competition,” Pai said in an interview with “The New York Times.” “Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.”

While Pai and his fellow conservative commissioners are in favor of the repeal, democratic commissioners are not so impressed. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn gave an elaborate speech during the vote, voicing her stance on the issue on how she believes net neutrality she remain.

“I dissent, because I am among the millions outraged,” Clyburn said during her testimony. “Outraged, because the FCC pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers.”

Clyburn uses the word “millions” in reference to the many American individuals who have spoken out against the repeal. Social media has been bustling with hashtags and informative videos explaining what the repeal of net neutrality will do to the internet and how people could fight against it.

According to statistical study conducted by the University of Maryland, 83 percent of the overall poll results did not favor the repeal of net neutrality. Within the same study, 75 percent of the republican voting population opposed the idea, as well as 89 percent in the democratic voting population, and 86 percent in the independent voting population.

Despite the numbers and public outcry, Pai and his peers voted in majority to the repeal of net neutrality and its regulations. Pai’s refusal to acknowledge to the people’s’ voice has baffled many and has caused public outcry.

Many internet providers disagree with the commonly made claims that the repeal will result in “the end of the internet” and believe that misinformation has been spread. Comcast’s senior executive vice president David Cohen has expressed this idea through a blog post this past week.

“There is a lot of misinformation that this is the ‘end of the world as we know it’ for the internet,” Cohen posted on his personal blog. “Our internet service is not going to change.”

Without net neutrality, internet providers will be able to pick and choose who is and isn’t successful. The repeal will take several weeks to be put into act, so immediate changes are unlikely, but already organizations are attempting to reverse the repeal before anything too drastic can take place. The United States Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says “he will force a vote on a bill that would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules,” according to Jon Brodkin, writer for ARS Technica.

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FCC dismantles net neutrality in a close-call vote