Net Neutrality FCC Vote Today December 14, 2017

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    The FCC is voting to repeal net neutrality on Thursday. Here’s how to watch live.
    The fun begins on Thursday, December 14 at 10:30 am ET / 7:30 am PT.
    https://www.recode.net/2017/12/13/1...-net-neutrality-fcc-vote-repeal-open-internet

    "The Trump administration is set to repeal the rules that require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.

    After months of debate, the Federal Communications Commission — led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai — will officially vote on Thursday, December 14 to eliminate net neutrality protections implemented under former President Barack Obama. The meeting begins at 10:30 am ET / 7:30 am PT.

    Live video of the debate will be available here."
     
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    Ajit Pai Wants The Internet To Know You Can Still Harlem Shake After Net Neutrality

    Ajit Pai Thinks You're Stupid Enough to Buy This Crap
    https://gizmodo.com/ajit-pai-thinks-youre-stupid-enough-to-buy-this-crap-1821277398

    "On Thursday, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission and its chairman, Verizon BFF Ajit Pai, will hold a vote on whether to repeal Barack Obama-era net neutrality rules. If passed, the FCC would allow ISPs to begin setting up a tiered internet designed to suck as much money from customers’ pockets as possible while screwing with their ability to access competitors’ content, or really anything that might suck up amounts of bandwidth inconvenient for their profit margins."
    The plan is immensely unpopular, even with Republicans. This type of situation would typically call for a charm offensive, though Pai has apparently decided to resort to his time-honored tactic of being incredibly condescending instead. In a video with the conservative site Daily Caller’s Benny Johnson—the dude whogot fired from BuzzFeed for plagiarizing Yahoo Answers—Pai urged the country to understand that even if he succeeds in his plan to let ISPs strangle the rest of the internet to death, they’ll let us continue to take selfies and other stupid bs.

    “There’s been quite a bit of conversation about my plan to restore Internet freedom,” Pai says in the cringe-inducing clip. “Here are just a few of the things you will still be able to do on the Internet after these Obama-era regulations are repealed.”

    Pai then pantomimed things users will supposedly still be able to do, like being able to “gram your food,” “post photos of cute animals, like puppies,” “shop for all your Christmas presents online,” “binge watch your favorite shows,” and “stay part of your favorite fan community.”

    “You can still drive memes right into the ground,” Pai added before breaking into a literal Harlem Shake segment. Astute viewers may remember that this was an intolerable meme from all the way back in 2013 which has not grown any less intolerable in the intervening four years.

    All of these claims on what users “will still be able to do” are actually questionable, seeing as under Pai’s plan, ISPs could easily hit up their customers with crushing fees to let them access any of these services at reasonable speeds—particularly those binge-watching streaming services he claims to love so much. Strangely, Pai didn’t mention torrenting, one of the applications of the internet he believes ISPs should be able to turn off entirely to save on bandwidth.

    The debate over net neutrality isn’t whether people are literally going to be unable to upload photos of cute puppies to the internet, but whether they’re going to be able to do so on fair terms or arcane, extortionate ones dictated entirely by a handful of ultra-wealthy service providers. But that’s beside the point; just like with a previous video mocking Twitter critics he filmed with the right-wing site Independent Journal Review, the intent seems to be finding friendly last-minute venues for Pai to publicly laugh off the intense criticism being directed at his plan.

    He’s trying to buy precious cover by painting everyone who disagrees with him as a simple-minded idiot.

    In the post accompanying the video, Johnson wrote, “You may not agree with Pai on everything, and we expect he will get some hate for this, but you got to respect a guy who does the Harlem Shake in 2017.”

    Why is that, exactly?
    The FCC's Ajit Pai now openly mocking net neutrality protesters with his dumb new video
    https://www.avclub.com/the-fccs-ajit-pai-now-openly-mocking-net-neutrality-pro-1821278546

    "We’re getting closer and closer to a crisis point on net neutrality, as current FCC chairman Ajit Pai wages a minor internet culture war to convince people to support his plans for a “free internet”—i.e., one where Obama-era protections don’t exist to stop service providers from charging different amounts of money to stream different kinds of content. Having already tussled with Ron Swanson, Pai has now resorted to a time-honored internet tradition: openly mocking his critics, via a video he recently uploaded at conservative site The Daily Caller, in which he pantomimes “all the things” we’ll still be able to do after he guts these regulations for sport."

    As a way to convince people to get aboard his plan, it’s abysmal—no one’s arguing that we won’t be able to “’gram food” or watch Game Of Thrones when net neutrality passes; just that we’ll be at the whims of our already quasi-monopolistic ISPs when it comes to how much we’ll pay to do it (and how fast it’ll be when we do). But as a bit of textbook “smug asshole gloating,” it’s straight out of the playbook of his boss, Donald Trump, as we’re forced to watch this goofy jackass twist a fidget spinner and do the Harlem Shake, even as he plots to strip protections from the most important technological advance of the modern era."
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    Here's a List of the Members of Congress Who Just Told Ajit Pai to Repeal Net Neutrality
    And how much money they've taken from the telecom industry.

    By Kaleigh Rogersand, Jason Koebler, Dec 13 2017, 4:00pm
    https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/7xwknx/republican-members-of-congress-fcc-letter

    "Wednesday afternoon, 107 Republican members of Congress sent Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai a letter supporting his plan to repeal net neutrality protections ahead of the commission’s Thursday vote."
    1. Mo Brooks, Alabama, $26,000
    2. Ron Estes, Kansas, $13,807
    3. Thomas Massie, Kentucky, $25,000
    4. Ralph Norman, South Carolina, $15,050
    5. John Moolenaar, Michigan, $25,000
    6. Neal Dunn, Florida, $18,500
    7. Mike Bishop, Michigan, $68,250
    8. Alex Mooney, West Virginia, $17,750
    9. Glenn “GT” Thompson, Pennsylvania, $70,500
    10. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri, $105,000
    11. Paul Gosar, Arizona, $12,250
    12. Richard W. Allen, Georgia, $24,250
    13. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota, $168,500
    14. Greg Walden, Oregon, $1,605,986
    15. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee, $600,999
    16. Billy Long, Missouri, $221,500
    17. Gregg Harper, Mississippi, $245,200
    18. Brett Guthrie, Kentucky, $398,500
    19. Bill Johnson, Ohio, $196,666
    20. Jeff Duncan, South Carolina, $41,830
    21. Earl “Buddy” Carter, Georgia, $39,250
    22. Susan Brooks, Indiana, $168,500
    23. Gus Bilirakis, Florida, $234,400
    24. Markwayne Mullin, Oklahoma, $141,750
    25. Mimi Walters, California, $161,500
    26. Joe Barton, Texas, $1,262,757
    27. Bill Flores, Texas, $127,500
    28. Pete Olson, Texas, $220,500
    29. Morgan Griffith, Virginia, $198,900
    30. Tim Walberg, Michigan, $131,850
    31. Fred Upton, Michigan, $1,590,125
    32. Joe Wilson, South Carolina, $104,750
    33. Martha McSally, Arizona, $84,936
    34. Blake Farenthold, Texas, $64,250
    35. Steve Womack, Arkansas, $104,750
    36. Tom Marino, Pennsylvania, $130,700
    37. Louie Gohmert, Texas, $85,055
    38. Walter Jones, North Carolina, $72,800
    39. Leonard Lance, New Jersey, $290,550
    40. Steve Chabot, Ohio, $332,083
    41. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia, $815,099
    42. Andy Biggs, Arizona, $19,500
    43. Mark Walker, North Carolina, $35,750
    44. Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin, $21,200
    45. Ken Buck, Colorado, $79,350
    46. Larry Bucshon, Indiana, $71,750
    47. Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee, $42,00
    48. David Rouzer, North Carolina, $34,300
    49. Paul Mitchell, Michigan, $18,000
    50. Hal Rogers, Kentucky, $360,450
    51. Doug Collins, Georgia, $103,600
    52. Ralph Abraham, Louisiana, $27,300
    53. Mark Meadows, North Carolina, $14,500
    54. Michael McCaul, Texas, $216,500
    55. Jeb Hensarling, Texas, $270,198
    56. Mike Simpson, Idaho, $125,200
    57. Tom Emmer, Minnesota, $28,500
    58. Randy Weber, Texas, $13,750
    59. Rob Woodall, Georgia, $60,250
    60. Ted Budd, North Carolina, $15,500
    61. Ken Calvert, California, $219,212
    62. Diane Black, Tennessee, $104,750
    63. Virginia Foxx, North Carolina, $115,700
    64. Sam Johnson, Texas, $219,785
    65. James Comer, Kentucky, $22,750
    66. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina, $83,250
    67. Lamar Smith, Texas, $810,462
    68. Steven A King, Iowa, $210,810
    69. George Holding, North Carolina, $97,750
    70. Rob Wittman, Virginia, $57,250
    71. John Lee Ratcliffe, Texas, $53,950
    72. Jason Lewis, Minnesota, $221,174
    73. Jim Banks, Indiana, $16,303
    74. Bill Huizenga, Michigan, $34,000
    75. Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania, $202,500
    76. Steven Russell, Oklahoma, $23,500
    77. Adrian Smith, Nebraska, $165,834
    78. Jody B Hice, Georgia, $21,000
    79. Richard Hudson, North Carolina, $136,750
    80. Douglas L Lamborn, Colorado, $110,543
    81. Chris Collins, New York, $151,060
    82. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, Washington, $673,530
    83. Brad Wenstrup, Ohio, $33,750
    84. Andy Barr, Kentucky, $51,100
    See letter and signatures at link above...

    An earlier article, with a more complete searchable list:

    Congress took $101 Million in Donations from the ISP Industry — Here's How Much Your Lawmaker Got
    Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and others spread their money far and wide to influence your government
    By T.C. Sottek and The Center for Responsive Politics Dec 11, 2017, 9:00am EST
    https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/16746230/net-neutrality-fcc-isp-congress-campaign-contribution
     
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    Internet Pioneers and Leaders Tell the FCC: You Don’t Understand How the Internet Works
    Internet creators and leading figures ask the FCC to cancel its vote repealing Net Neutrality protections
    https://pioneersfornetneutrality.tumblr.com/
    The Honorable Roger Wicker
    Chair, Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet

    The Honorable Brian Schatz,
    Ranking Member, Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet

    The Honorable Marsha Blackburn,
    Chair, House Energy Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

    The Honorable Michael F. Doyle,
    Ranking Member, House Energy Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    Senator Wicker:
    Senator Schatz:
    Representative Blackburn:
    Representative Doyle:

    We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet, and some of the innovators and business people who, like many others, depend on it for our livelihood. We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote on the FCC’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order (WC Docket No. 17-108 ).

    This proposed Order would repeal key network neutrality protections that prevent Internet access providers from blocking content, websites and applications, slowing or speeding up services or classes of service, and charging online services for access or fast lanes to Internet access providers’ customers. The proposed Order would also repeal oversight over other unreasonable discrimination and unreasonable practices, and over interconnection with last-mile Internet access providers. The proposed Order removes long-standing FCC oversight over Internet access providers without an adequate replacement to protect consumers, free markets and online innovation.

    It is important to understand that the FCC’s proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology. These flaws and inaccuracies were documented in detail in a 43-page-long joint comment signed by over 200 of the most prominent Internet pioneers and engineers and submitted to the FCC on July 17, 2017.

    Despite this comment, the FCC did not correct its misunderstandings, but instead premised the proposed Order on the very technical flaws the comment explained. The technically-incorrect proposed Order dismantles 15 years of targeted oversight from both Republican and Democratic FCC chairs, who understood the threats that Internet access providers could pose to open markets on the Internet.

    The experts’ comment was not the only one the FCC ignored. Over 23 million comments have been submitted by a public that is clearly passionate about protecting the Internet. The FCC could not possibly have considered these adequately.

    Indeed, breaking with established practice, the FCC has not held a single open public meeting to hear from citizens and experts about the proposed Order.

    Furthermore, the FCC’s online comment system has been plagued by major problems that the FCC has not had time to investigate. These include bot-generated comments that impersonated Americans, including dead people, and an unexplained outage of the FCC’s on-line comment system that occurred at the very moment TV host John Oliver was encouraging Americans to submit comments to the system.

    Compounding our concern, the FCC has failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests about these incidents and failed to provide information to a New York State Attorney General’s investigation of them.

    We therefore call on you to urge FCC Chairman Pai to cancel the FCC’s vote. The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create. It should be stopped.

    Signed,

    Frederick J. Baker, IETF Chair 1996-2001, ISOC Board Chair 2002-2006

    Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman, Mozilla Foundation

    Steven M. Bellovin, Internet pioneer, FTC Chief Technologist, 2012-2013

    Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web & professor, MIT

    John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks

    Scott O. Bradner, Internet pioneer

    Vinton G. Cerf, Internet pioneer

    Stephen D. Crocker, Internet pioneer

    Whitfield Diffie, inventor of public-key cryptography

    David J. Farber, Internet pioneer, FCC Chief Technologist 1999-2000

    Dewayne Hendricks, CEO Tetherless Access

    Martin E. Hellman, Internet security pioneer

    Brewster Kahle, Internet pioneer, founder, Internet Archive

    Susan Landau, cybersecurity expert & professor, Tufts University

    Theodor Holm Nelson, hypertext pioneer

    David P. Reed, Internet pioneer

    Jennifer Rexford, Chair of Computer Science, Princeton University

    Ronald L. Rivest, co-inventor of RSA public-key encryption algorithm

    Paul Vixie, Internet pioneer

    Stephen Wolff, Internet pioneer

    Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer


    Cc:

    Members of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet

    Members of the House Energy Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

    Federal Communications Commissioners
    Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan
    Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet
    https://www.theguardian.com/technol...utrality-vint-cerf-tim-berners-lee-fcc-letter

    "More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as “based on a flawed and factually inaccurate” understanding of how the internet works.

    “The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed order to repeal net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create. It should be stopped,” said the technology luminaries in an open letter to lawmakers with oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday.

    The letter refers to the FCC’s proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which removes net neutrality protections introduced in 2015 to ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon would treat all web content and applications equally and not throttle, block or prioritise some content in return for payment.

    The FCC’s vote on the proposed order is scheduled for 14 December and it is expected to be approved.

    “It is important to understand that the FCC’s proposed order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology,” the internet pioneers state, adding that the flaws were outlined in detail in a 43-page comment submitted by 200 tech leaders to the FCC in July.

    “Despite this comment, the FCC did not correct its misunderstandings.”
    Over the last 15 years, both Republican and Democratic FCC chairs have supported and enforced the principles of net neutrality, believing it to be important for protecting open markets on the internet. Donald Trump’s FCC, headed by the former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai, plans to break with convention, arguing that it is unnecessary regulation that is preventing ISPs from making money to fund new broadband infrastructure – something the ISPs themselves have denied when speaking to their investors.

    The net neutrality rules have broad support from members of the public across the political spectrum, according to multiple polls. More than 22m comments were submitted to the FCC by members of the public in response to Pai’s proposal to scrap the rules, indicating that the public is “clearly passionate about protecting the internet”. Although the total number was inflated by spam and pre-populated form letters, 98.5% of the unique comments opposed the repeal, according to a study funded by ISPs.

    Despite widespread public outcry, the FCC broke with established practice by not holding any public meetings to hear from citizens and experts about the appeal, the letter states.

    Other signatories include Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation; Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman, pioneers of public-key cryptography; Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive; and Jennifer Rexford, chair of computer science at Princeton University.

    They argue that the FCC should delay the vote until it has fully investigated the problems with the online commenting system and come up with an alternative way of protecting net neutrality principles.
    Creators of the Internet Tell Congress Ajit Pai and FCC "Should Be Stopped"
     
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    Senators make last ditch effort to halt the FCC's net neutrality vote
    Nearly 40 senators signed a letter asking Ajit Pai to abandon the proposal.
    Mallory Locklear, @mallorylocklear 12.12.17 in Internet
    https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/12/senators-last-ditch-halt-fcc-net-neutrality-vote/

    "The FCC is set to vote this Thursday on its proposal to remove net neutrality protections put in place in 2015 and while it's all but certain that the commission will vote in favor of the proposal, some still haven't given up trying to convince the commissioners to change their minds. The Hill reports today that 39 senators signed a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai requesting that he reconsider.

    "We write to urge you to abandon your reckless plan to radically alter the free and open internet as we know it," the Democrats wrote. "Your proposed action will amount to the largest abdication of the Federal Communications Commission's statutory responsibilities in history."

    The senators go on to say that this plan ignores how different the internet's role is today and that returning to previous years' approach to internet access is now inadequate. "Over the past 20 years, internet communications have become widely adopted and relied on by American homes and businesses. Yet, your plan ignores the central and critical role that access to a free and open internet plays in Americans' lives and the role that the nation's expert communications agency should play with respect to the networks underlying that access," they said.

    Last week, 28 senators sent a letter to the FCC asking it to delay the vote as did the city of New York and 40 advocacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The Internet Association, whose members include Amazon, Netflix and Uber, asked the FCC to either delay its vote or vote against the proposal and last month, around 200 companies penned a letter to Chairman Pai asking him not to remove net neutrality protections. Yesterday, over 20 tech pioneers including the likes of Steve Wozniak, Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf sent a letter to the FCC asking it to cancel the vote and saying that the commission didn't understand how the internet works.

    While many have called on the FCC to delay or abandon its vote, others have encouraged congress to step up and enact legislation that would more permanently regulate internet services. The Verge reports that Republican Senator John Thune asked net neutrality supporters, both Republican and Democrat, today to come up with legislation that would protect net neutrality and not be repealed with every new administration. "So many of us in Congress already agree on many of the principles of net neutrality ... if Republicans and Democrats have the political support to work together on such a compromise, we can enact a regulatory framework that will stand the test of time," Thune said on the Senate floor today. He madesimilar remarks during the net neutrality Day of Action. However, while he appears to be for some level of regulation, he was vocally against the regulations put in place by the FCC in 2015 and set to be reversed on Thursday.

    The letter sent by the senators today is not likely to have much of an impact. Ajit Pai's office said last week that the vote would proceed as scheduled despite the outcry against it. But that hasn't dissuaded these senators.

    "The future of the internet hangs in the balance," they wrote. "On behalf of our constituents -- and future generations of Americans -- we urge you to abandon this radical and reckless plan to turn the FCC's back on consumers and the future of the free and open internet."
     
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    The FCC just scrapped rules protecting a free and open internet
    BREAKING TECH DEC 14 2017, 1:42 PM ET
    by ALYSSA NEWCOMB and JO LING KENT
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/it-s-decision-day-future-internet-n829336

    "Net neutrality, the set of rules requiring internet service providers to treat all traffic as equal, is dead.

    The five members of the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday 3-2 along party lines to scrap Obama-era net neutrality rules, returning to a "light touch" approach and ending what Chairman Ajit Pai has called the federal government's "micromanaging" of the internet."

    The Live streams are still playing out, but when the dust settles and there are good clips of the testimony I'll post Commissioner Mignon Clyburn's good supporting comments about why the Net Neutrality FCC rules as they stand should not be removed. The vote was Republican 3 and Democrat 2.

    Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
    https://www.fcc.gov/general/commissioner-mignon-clyburn
     
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    What is net neutrality and how could it affect you? - BBC News


    Net neutrality rules weakened by US regulator
    Dave Lee, North America technology reporter
    8 minutes ago...
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42355666

    "Restrictions on US broadband providers' ability to prioritise one service's data over another are to be reduced after a vote by a regulator.

    The Federal Communications Commission voted three to two to change the way "net neutrality" is governed.

    Internet service providers (ISPs) will now be allowed to speed up or slow down different companies' data, and charge consumers according to the services they access.

    But they must disclose such practices.

    Ahead of the vote, protesters rallied outside the FCC's building to oppose the change.

    Many argue the reversal of rules introduced under President Barack Obama will make the internet less open and accessible.

    The decision is already facing legal challenges, with New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, announcing he will lead a lawsuit challenging the FCC's decision.

    Mr Schneiderman accused the watchdog of failing to investigate possible abuse of the public commenting process. He said as many as two million identities, some of dead New Yorkers, were used to post comments to the FCC website.

    During the hearing, FCC commissioner Mr Michael O'Rielly hit back at those claims, saying staff had been able to determine and discard comments that were illegitimate.

    Thursday's proceedings in Washington were halted for about 15 minutes after a security alert forced an evacuation of the FCC's chamber, the final twist in a bitter and at times vitriolic debate.

    The FCC's chairman, Ajit Pai, argues the changes will foster innovation and encourage ISPs to invest in faster connections for people living in rural areas.

    He refers to the change as "restoring internet freedom".

    Technically, the vote was to reclassify broadband internet as an information service rather than telecommunications.

    The consequence of this is that the FCC will no longer directly regulate ISPs.

    Instead jurisdiction will pass to another regulator, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Its key responsibility will be to check that the companies disclose if they block data, throttle it or offer to prioritise traffic, rather than stopping such behaviour.

    One criticism of this is that US consumers often have few if any ISPs to choose between. Moreover, opponents of the change claim it could take years to address any misbehaviour.

    "I dissent to this legally-lightweight, consumer-harming, corporate-enabling, destroying-internet freedom order," said Democrat commissioner Mignon Clyburn ahead of the vote.

    But fellow commissioner Mr O'Rielly, a Republican, said fears over the end of net neutrality were a "scary bedtime story for the children of telecom geeks"."
     
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    The FCC’s vote was predictably frustrating, but we’re not done fighting for net neutrality.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/announceme...he_fccs_vote_was_predictably_frustrating_but/

    "Following today’s disappointing vote from the FCC, Alexis and I wanted to take the time to thank redditors for your incredible activism on this issue, and reassure you that we’re going to continue fighting for the free and open internet.

    Over the past few months, we have been floored by the energy and creativity redditors have displayed in the effort to save net neutrality. It was inspiring to witness organic takeovers of the front page (twice), read touching stories about how net neutrality matters in users’ everyday lives, see bills about net neutrality discussed on the front page (with over 100,000 upvotes and cross-posts to over 100 communities), and watch redditors exercise their voices as citizens in the hundreds of thousands of calls they drove to Congress.

    It is disappointing that the FCC Chairman plowed ahead with his planned repeal despite all of this public concern, not to mention the objections expressed by his fellow commissioners, the FCC’s own CTO, more than a hundred members of Congress, dozens of senators, and the very builders of the modern internet.

    Nevertheless, today’s vote is the beginning, not the end. While the fight to preserve net neutrality is going to be longer than we had hoped, this is far from over.

    Many of you have asked what comes next. We don’t exactly know yet, but it seems likely that the FCC’s decision will be challenged in court soon, and we would be supportive of that challenge. It’s also possible that Congress can decide to take up the cause and create strong, enforceable net neutrality rules that aren’t subject to the political winds at the FCC. Nevertheless, this will be a complex process that takes time.

    What is certain is that Reddit will continue to be involved in this issue in the way that we know best: seeking out every opportunity to amplify your voices and share them with those who have the power to make a difference.

    This isn’t the outcome we wanted, but you should all be proud of the awareness you’ve created. Those who thought that they’d be able to quietly repeal net neutrality without anyone noticing or caring learned a thing or two, and we still may come out on top of this yet. We’ll keep you informed as things develop.

    u/arabscarab (Jessica, our head of policy) will also be in the comments to address your questions.

    —u/spez & u/kn0thing

    update: Please note the FCC is not united in this decision and find the dissenting statements from commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel.

    update2 (9:55AM pst): While the vote has not technically happened, we decided to post after the two dissenting commissioners released their statements. However, the actual vote appears to be delayed for security reasons. We hope everyone is safe.

    update3 (10:13AM pst): The FCC votes to repeal 3–2."
     
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