The internet is NOT pleased, to say the least. On social media, people are calling out the plan for disregarding the wishes of the American people, lamenting the end of the internet as they know it, and calling on citizens and companies alike to take action.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai published an op-ed arguing for the policy – which we’ve taken the liberty of annotating here. The move also just *happens* to come two days before Thanksgiving, while no one has anything on their mind except travel headaches and turkey.
When the FCC last tried this stunt back in 2015, Redditors, Twitter users, and big tech companies like Google and Facebook alike joined together in support of an internet that does not cost more based on the speed of your internet, or which webpages and services you want to access.
And, amazingly, the FCC under the Obama administration listened. In order to keep net neutrality – thereby preventing broadband companies like AT&T and Verizon from further monetizing the internet by charging based on access speeds and preferential treatment for websites that pay a premium – they instated a little provision known as Title II.
The policy mandated that the internet be treated as a “utility” or “public good,” like telephone lines and television stations. Classifying the internet in this way ensures that access to every website on the internet is consistent (or “neutral”), in that internet providers cannot charge different rates, or favor certain websites over others.
But Pai is set to reverse the Obama-era policy. So now, with net neutrality set to go the way of the Dodo, many on Twitter are making their displeasure known about the end of the glorious, functional internet as we know it. Here’s how the internet is responding.
People think it’s a terrible policy that nobody wants.
Forget about net neutrality — just kill the whole internet. Please. It’s for the best.
— SarcasticRover (@SarcasticRover) November 21, 2017
They’re saying that ending net neutrality ends the internet as we know it.
Now that Net Neutrality is dead Americans will experience all Internet access the way capitalist have always wanted: as Gogo inflight wifi
— Drew Conway (@drewconway) November 21, 2017
If we repeal #NetNeutrality then this is what it’s going to look like. This isn’t a left/right issue. This is a freedom issue. The internet is the one of the last things we have that isn’t controlled by the Gov. Don’t let them censor us pic.twitter.com/kMvhdKDDxy
— Jeff (@jeffispretty) November 21, 2017
“Net Neutrality” means corporations can’t pay to manipulate how you use the internet (PORN).
If this goes away, not only will all your data (PORN HABITS) be scrutinized by telecom companies, they can decide how fast your internet works on certain websites (YOUR PORN WON’T LOAD).
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) November 21, 2017
Envisioning a terrible, dark, pay-to-play world without net neutrality.
Calling on big tech companies to take action, and threatening to boycott the internet if tech companies sit by and let this happen.
Tech and entertainment companies are starting to weigh in.
… Others, like Trump administration favorite Breitbart, couldn’t help but celebrate.
They’re already fighting back.
🚫 BLOCK and censor websites, apps and services
💰 CHARGE EXTRA FEES from Internet users and small businesses
🔄 THROTTLE access to online content
Time to protest! https://t.co/OvdNJe0Idh
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) November 21, 2017
Looks like the internet is ready to fight for all they hold dear in round 2: Trump edition. And round 3, or 4. Or however many it takes. ✊