Net neutrality repealed

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Chairman Pai attempting to troll America.

Will Sieracki, Reporter

     The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality yesterday, a hugely controversial decision that will impact hundreds of thousands of Americans. Net neutrality is the concept of a free and open internet, where all speeds are equal and there is no “throttling” (slowing down intentionally) allowed. In 2015, the FCC ruled in favor of net neutrality, ensuring that the internet would remain free and open. Until now. Ajit Pai, the new FCC Chairman appointed by President Trump has been very public about his stance on net neutrality. Some of his anti-net neutrality bias stems from the time he spent working for Verizon as a lawyer. Verizon is one of the companies along with Comcast and AT&T that will benefit the most from the repeal. Pai has also said that no matter how much the public complains, he will not reverse his stance. This has led to Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, filing a lawsuit against the FCC.

     Net neutrality is not a partisan political issue. Representatives and Senators from both sides of the aisle have expressed their displeasure with the ruling and the fact that there was even a vote, let alone a discussion. Now that the FCC has ruled, it will now go to the courts. The courts can override it if they determine that it’s illegal or unconstitutional. If that doesn’t work, Congress can override the FCC as well. But they need two thirds of the the House and Senate. That can be done, but it is going to be difficult, especially with the number of Senators and Representatives that have received money to sway their opinions in favor of the FCC. There is still hope that the decision can be reversed, and it’s in the people’s best interest to do everything they can to reverse it.