In light of President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission’s disastrous vote today to shut down the free and open internet in order to advance the interests of big business, one of the biggest media tech giants out there, Netflix, has weighed in on the decision and vowed to battle it in court.
We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 14, 2017
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In the past, tech companies have fought Republican attempts to gut Net Neutrality which allows internet users to surf the internet freely without having to pay to access new “tiers.” Restricting free usage of the internet blocks people with less money from accessing all the information and utilities they seek and it takes money from regular folks going about their usual routine and puts it in the pocket of major corporations.
Countries without Net Neutrality include dictatorships that channel internet traffic where they want it and away from information they don’t want citizens to have.
In a 3-2 vote today, the FCC, led by chairman Ajit Pai, repealed tough Obama-era rules protecting the internet from business predators, igniting a passionate outcry from all sectors of society, including tech unicorns like Netflix.
Net neutrality — the standard that internet service providers, or ISPs, must treat all traffic equally — was repealed Thursday in a party-line vote by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington. https://t.co/SkX6h6mz6r
— Vox (@voxdotcom) December 14, 2017
The one FCC commissioner who voted against the repeal, Mignon Clyburn, delivered an eloquent, heartfelt speech keeping hope alive that the battle may be lost, but the war for internet freedom can be won.
Netflix’s tweet upholds the call to action to all American businesses, organizations, and individuals, for an organized movement to save our internet.