The FCC has just voted to kill the internet as we know it. In a party line, 3-2 vote, the FCC voted to repeal the Obama-era Net Neutrality regulations.
“I’m very concerned by the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality regulations, which will threaten equal access to an open and free internet,” said Senator Shaheen. “Net neutrality rules were put in place to protect rural communities, small businesses and consumers, and bolster innovation. Consumers are rightly worried that this ruling could significantly impact their online experience. There is broad public opposition to doing away with these rules and it’s disappointing that the FCC didn’t factor this into their decision. I urge the FCC to reconsider and recommit to upholding the principals of a free and open internet.”
Senator Shaheen is the lead Democrat on the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Shaheen recently led a letter with several of her colleagues to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, emphasizing the importance of net neutrality regulations to small business interests. She also joined more than three dozen other Democratic senators on a letter to Chairman Pai on Tuesday, urging him to abandon his plan to repeal the FCC’s net neutrality rules. And last week, Senator Shaheen joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and other Democratic senators to call on Chairman Pai to delay today’s vote due to reports that bots filed hundreds of thousands of comments to the FCC during the net neutrality policymaking process.
“A free and open internet is essential to consumers, innovators, and our economy as a whole – and the Republican-led FCC’s vote to dismantle critical net neutrality protections hurts the American people and our economy for the sake of giving a huge benefit to narrow corporate special interests,” Senator Hassan said. “Undoing net neutrality gives broadband providers the power to discriminate against certain web pages, applications, and streaming and video services by slowing them down, blocking them, or favoring certain services while charging you more to access others. This is not acceptable. As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, I have joined my colleagues in pushing the FCC to reconsider this backward and harmful decision, and I will keep fighting for priorities that put consumers first and help small businesses innovate and thrive.”
“I strongly oppose the result of today’s shameful FCC vote, and I will work to restore the net neutrality protections American consumers expect and deserve,” said Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter. “Net neutrality is the simple principle that lawful content on the Internet should be equally accessible to everyone, and that Internet service providers should not be allowed to discriminate against some content providers. Without the guarantee of net neutrality, the Internet superhighway’s rules of the road will favor big businesses over newer startups. The Internet has allowed the proud tradition of American ingenuity and entrepreneurship to reach every corner of the globe. Its openness has enabled a new generation of New Hampshire innovators to turn a bright idea and a laptop into a business. We can’t stand by as the FCC and big corporations steal our right to equal access.”
“Today the Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Ajit Pai made a terrible decision in voting to roll back net neutrality regulations,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “Internet service providers should not be in the business of picking winners and losers online. Ensuring everyone has equal access to services on the web helps support the flow of new ideas and innovation, which is critical to the 21st century economy. I will continue to advocate for net neutrality and stand up for the rights of every Granite Stater on the internet.”
As the news of the FCC was breaking NY State Attorney General vowed to take them to court over the repeal of the Net Neutrality regulations.
I’ll be leading a multistate lawsuit bringing the resources of AGs across the country to bear in the fight to protect the internet and the millions of Americans who rely on it. #NetNeutrality pic.twitter.com/wHVFDD8HsJ
— Eric Schneiderman (@AGSchneiderman) December 14, 2017
The NY Attorney General is not alone.
BREAKING NEWS: The following states will join New York in suing the FCC to defend #NetNeutrality protections:
— The Anon Journal (@TheAnonJournal) December 14, 2017
The battle will now move to the court system and we will have to see where it goes from there.