Well, to no one’s surprise, the FCC led by Chairman Ajit Pai voted today to abolish Net Neutrality which was put into place in 2015, under the Obama administration. The vote of 3-2 was predictably along party lines with the Republicans deciding that the internet doesn’t need to be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone.
But don’t panic! Several states have already filed suit to stop this insane decision that will alllow internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast unlimited power to block websites, throttle services and censor online content. California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington are just the first of what I’m sure will be many more states vowing to fight. In the meantime, Mr. Pai made an, um clever(?) video to illustrate the important things you’ll still be able to do, if at the end of the day the FCC’s vote is allowed to stand. As many of you know I’m not tech savvy so I can’t upload a link to the video, but here’s 5 things he includes:
You can still Instagram your food.
You’ll be able to binge watch your favorite shows.
You can take selfies with your pets.
You can shop for Christmas presents.
AND, you can still be a member of your favorite fandom!
Phew! Well I know I feel better!