In a vote along party lines, the federal government lifted sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Chris Lewis, of Public Knowledge which supports open internet, says the net neutrality fight isn't over. (Dec. 14) AP
Critics, including two commissioners, blasted the Federal Communication Commission vote to repeal net neutrality rules taming the behavior of Internet service providers.
On Thursday, the FCC voted 3-2 to toss aside net neutrality rules enacted in 2015 to stop Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking and throttling content.
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FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, one of the two who voted against the repeal, said in a statement she is "outraged" the FCC will abdicate the responsibility of protecting consumers.
"The public can plainly see, that a soon-to-be-toothless FCC, is handing the keys to the
Internet – the Internet, one of the most remarkable, empowering, enabling inventions of our lifetime – over to a handful of multi-billion dollar corporations," wrote Clyburn.
Fellow commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who also voted against the rollback, wrote in a statement the move was a "rash decision."
"As a result of today’s misguided action, our broadband providers will get extraordinary
new power from this agency," said Rosenworcel. "They will have the power to block websites, throttle services, and censor online content."
Tech giants who have opposed the decision have also spoken out against the 3-2 vote Thursday, including Netflix and Twitter.
"We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement," wrote Netflix in a statement posted to Twitter.
Some members of Congress have come out against the decision, and say they will introduce legislation to overturn the measure.
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