The F.C.C. voted to overturn the landmark 2015 decision that regulated Internet Service Providers and prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service on certain content. In a 3-to-2 vote consistent with party lines, the four F.C.C. commissioners and the chairman voted in favor of killing off net neutrality.
In a statement with the press, Commissioner Brendan Carr said “I’m proud to end this two-year experiment with heavy-handed regulation.”
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn on the other hand, stated that “I dissent, because I am among the millions outraged. Outraged, because the F.C.C. pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers.”
Ms. Clyburn, who played an instrumental part in passing the original rules that maintained net neutrality in 2015, has been a very vocal voice on the issue.
“We used to talk about clean water. We used to talk about good roads. Now, this is the information superhighway, and the opportunities are unbound when it comes to it,” she said back in an interview on the Biz Please podcast.
Ajit Pai, the F.C.C. chairman, who voted in favor of the motion to overturn the net neutrality ruling, has recently caused controversy during the FCC’s annual gathering of the Federal Communications Bar Association. He joked about being a Verizon puppet, having previously worked for the company as an attorney.