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BY: David Rutz
The net neutrality debate is a complicated one, so naturally many of the loudest voices against its repeal last year resorted to doomsday rhetoric.
Friday - Year - Vote - Federal - Communications
Friday marks one year after the vote by the Federal Communications Commission to undo the Obama-era rules that some called the "end of the Internet as we know it."
Net neutrality imposed by the Obama administration classified ISPs (Internet service providers) as public utilities rather than information services and subjected them to broad regulations. Supporters fretted that ISPs, without proper oversight, would throttle certain connections and prioritize their own video-streaming services, for instance, rather than treating all sites equally.
Rules - June - Predictions - Web
The rules didn't officially expire until June 11, 2018, but that didn't prevent alarmist predictions pouring in from around the web.
A CNN headline declared the "end of the Internet as we know it" on the day of the vote, with the subhed, "Trump's FCC repeals Obama-era net neutrality regulations intended to keep the web open and fair."
Sen - Bill - Cassidy - R - La
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) needled CNN about its alarmism, tweeting a screenshot of the headline and writing, "The internet's still working just fine."
Left-leaning site Vice wrote last year "Net Neutrality Is Being Stolen From Us in a F—ed Up, Undemocratic Heist" and called the move an "undemocratic looting by telecom monopolists."
Sen - Bernie - Sanders - I - Vt
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) recorded a Twitter video calling it a "disastrous decision" and also the "end of the Internet as we know it."
Liberal late-night host Stephen Colbert said it was a "sad day" for Internet users and compared ISPs like Verizon and Comcast promising not to mess with traffic...
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