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The FCC Just Voted To Kill Net Neutrality—But The Fight Isn't Over Yet

The FCC Just Voted To Kill Net Neutrality—But The Fight Isn't Over Yet
Updated 5 months ago

On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality laws passed in 2015 under the Obama administration. With the three Republicans on the commission outvoting the two Democrats, this change effectively allows internet service providers to prioritize download speeds for websites that they prefer, often because those sites pay service providers a fee. While those who voted in favor of the change claim it will invigorate the online economy by minimizing restrictions, critics believe the exact opposite. Net neutrality supporters argue that wealthy businesses will have an unfair advantage over start-ups since they can afford to pay for faster download speeds. And many predict consumers will find themselves paying more money for worse internet service.

For weeks leading up to this vote, the internet has been passionately defending net neutrality, trying to convince FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his colleagues to maintain the Obama-era regulations. 

When the vote occurred, however, they were disappointed:

The vote passed along party lines:

The FCC had a unique spin on the change.

The White House also seemed pretty excited to give internet companies more power.

And so were Congressional Republicans.

But there's still hope.

The move to end net neutrality had vociferous opposition even among the FCC.

Both Democratic FCC commissioners spoke about the immorality of net neutrality's repeal.

Chairman Pai, however, was unmoved.

The battle for the net will continue in court.

Many citizens claim politicians are eager to end net neutrality because of donations from wealthy ISPs:

The politicians themselves disagree.

Several powerful entities have already vowed to fight the FCC's decision.

Net neutrality also has many supporters in Congress.

If you aren't happy with the repeal of net neutrality, make your opinion known in 2018.