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Net neutrality just got repealed, this is what you need to know

The FCC, Federal Communications Commission, voted this afternoon to repeal net neutrality, which is under the 2015 TITLE II – Common Carriers from the Communications Act on 1934. The FCC voted 3-2 to return to a “light touch” approach toward internet regulation. This repeal will effect every person that uses the internet.

Commissioner Rosenworcel spoke out against the repeal to NBC News saying “What this proposal would do is it would give broadband providers the legal right and the power to start blocking websites, or censoring content if they don’t have a commercial relationship with that content. And so the open internet as we know it could change. Perheaps not immediately, but over time. And I think that’s troubling.”

Many major internet companies have spoken out against the repeal, Netflix being the most popular. In a tweet soon after the repeal was announced, Netflix said “We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality [loading emoji] protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.”

The ACLU tweeted “BREAKING: The FCC just voted to dismantle #netneutrality [loading emoji]. This represents a radical departure that risks erosion of the biggest free speech platform the world has ever known.”

The repeal of net neutrality now gives ISPs (internet service providers) the ability to prioritize, throttle, and even block content from their consumers. Net neutrality prevented internet users from paying more for the same services.

According to CBS News, protests are occurring both online and in the streets. The University of Maryland found in a poll released Tuesday that 83% of voters support net neutrality.

However, there is still hope for net neutrality. CBS News released that “public-interest groups Free Press and Public Knowledge are already promising to go after Pai’s rules in the courts.” They also commented that “there may also be attempts to legislate net neutrality rules.”

CNN urges that this issue may be decided in court and that Congress may also choose to pursue a legislative solution. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman claims he will sue to stop the “illegal rollback” of net neutrality and released a video standing against putting “corporate profits over consumers.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a press briefing that “The Trump administration supports the FCC’s effort to roll back burdensome regulations.” She then went on to say that they will “support a free and fair internet.”

As of now, we await further action.

To get involved, visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/ to write to Congress, or call your state’s government officials directly.

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