The Federal Communications Commission’s 2-1 vote Thursday on “Restoring Internet Freedom” was not a repeal of net neutrality regulations as many are reporting.
Following Thursday’s vote, a host of activists and public interest group leaders took to Twitter, blasting Republican Chairman Ajit Pai and President Donald Trump for “destroying the internet.”
— Diana (@dinamic72) May 18, 2017
He wants to destroy the internet so we have to roast him until this all goes down. https://t.co/wLngCFXJfW
— Peezy (@Pxxzy) May 18, 2017
While the POTUS soap opera continues, the FCC will be voting to take away #NetNeutrality today. This will destroy the internet we know.
— abby❤schroeder (@abby4schroeder) May 18, 2017
There’s no greater threat to the digital infrastructure of our world right now than ISPs. This is sophisticated terrorism. #netneutrality
— Shiloh Skye
Thursday’s vote does not immediately repeal 2015 regulations passed under President Obama’s FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The vote initiates a notice of proposed rule-making, during which time industry stakeholders, advocates and the general public can submit comments to the FCC.
The 2-1 vote fell down party lines, with freshly appointed Republican Federal Communications Commisions Chairman Ajit Pai and Republican Commissioner Mike O’Rielly voting in favor of the measure. Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, the daughter of Democratic South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, voted against the measure.
In 2015, under former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC reclassified broadband internet access service as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, which gave the FCC stronger oversight authority. Known as the 2015 Open Internet Order, the new rules established three “bright line rules” that prohibits internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking legal content over their networks, slowing down internet traffic, and prioritizing traffic from websites that are willing to pay to promote their web content over competitors.
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