Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the Net Neutrality regulations enacted by the Commission back in 2015 under President Obama. The reversal of the regulatory scheme has the Left in a raging fury, and even some on the Right are not happy either.
For months, many have been absolutely hysterical over the idea that the FCC may revert back to internet rules and regulations as they were in 2015. The claim is that internet service providers were restricting bandwidth to certain websites that required large amounts of bandwidth, and that the ISP’s should be treating all web traffic in a neutral way (not charging more for higher bandwidth services like video-streaming).
The idea is to treat all web traffic as equal, and ISP’s would no longer be able to charge certain companies fees for access to higher bandwidth that their sites require. It sounds like a good idea, but the idea of the government beginning to regulate the internet as if it were a public utility caused alarm among those skeptical of government power, especially given that foreign governments like the United Kingdom are already beginning to enact systematic censorship online.
Despite the outcry over the issue, the FCC voted 3-2 to revert back to 2015 standards for internet regulations. According to The Daily Mail, it’s being heralded as a victory for the telecoms.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that intended to ensure a free and open Internet, as protesters gather to oppose the change.
The 3-2 ruling sets up a court fight over a move that opponents fear will recast the digital landscape.
Worth noting is the fact that someone decided to phone in a bomb threat, and the hearing had to be put to a halt while the bomb squad searched the premises. Luckily, there was no bomb, but still, it shows just how crazy some of Net Neutrality’s supporters are.
In spite of that, the FCC voted to reverse the regulatory scheme, and we will now have the internet as it was in 2015. The response to the vote is largely hysterical.
i said whoever voted to kill #netneutrality your moms a hoe
— sッ (@idkserg) December 14, 2017
Real mature. So swell-thought out, what a great defense of the idea!
The following 17 states are suing Trump's FCC in order to preserve #NetNeutrality
Wake up 33 Other States!
— Le'mon Driver (@LDMusicInc) December 14, 2017
People who worry about #NetNeutrality need to be put on a watch list.
— carltonfanchristmassaccuont (@carltonautism) December 14, 2017
A watchlist? For what, opposing more regulation of the internet, and advocating for more market competition instead of government coercion and mandates to solve an alleged problem? Send in the KGB!
When 3 people decide what 300+ million of us want, I'm not sure we live in a free country #NetNeutrality
— samantha🤶🏻 #ObeyHeart (@MissStereoHeart) December 14, 2017
When 3 people decide what 300+ million of us want, I'm not sure we live in a free country! #NetNeutrality
— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) December 14, 2017
Hold the phone! You’re admitting that a few bureaucrats pushing mandates on hundreds of millions of people is a bad thing? Am I understanding that correctly?
Gee, maybe there’s a better solution that government to every problem out there? But what do I know; I just want to think outside the government box… You know, where innovation is and all?
Save #NetNeutrality I’m not paying for anything online.
— Mason Fetzer (@TheRealMason13) December 14, 2017
Well, I guess you have no idea that everything has a cost, even internet service. Subscriptions cost money, that’s the way it goes. If you want a service, you have to pay for it. Nothing comes free, pal.
There’s quite a bit of hysteria over ending Net Neutrality. But hardly anyone is considering the fact that there will still be consumer protections against abusive practices. The Federal Trade Commission will still be active in the regulatory process, no worries all you Statists out there.
I really wish more people would pause for a second, and think about other solutions to whatever problems they claim are out there rather than government force. The only thing that government knows how to do well is to take our money and kill people.
I’d rather bargain with different companies for the product I want, to have choice in a free market, than to only have government coercion as a form of recourse. Is that such a radical idea?