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FCC Votes To Kill Net Neutrality, What Now?

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The Federal Communications Commission with Ajit Pai as its chair has voted to kill Net Neutrality. The result was controversial, to say the least, with many tech companies and American voters voicing their disapproval of the decision. With this vote, however, a lot of Americans might be wondering what comes next. Fortunately, there’s still hope that Net Neutrality can be saved.

Among the tech giants taking major issue with the vote to repeal Net Neutrality are Netflix and Google, Engadget reports. The movie streaming company Tweeted about how it was disappointed with the results of the FCC vote and how this could lead to some fierce court battles.

“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," the Tweet reads.

Google also released its own statement regards to Net Neutrality, as featured on a Tweet by user Mark Bergen. The search engine giant assures its users that it is still committed to fighting for a free and open internet.

As to what the American public can expect after the vote, there is still a chance that the decision can be overturned. The FCC needs the approval of Congress to actually repeal the regulations that prevent ISPs from playing favorites. If the call to preserve Net Neutrality is loud enough, representatives might just be convinced to do the right thing.

On the other hand, if Net Neutrality does end up getting scrapped, consumers can start expecting scenarios that include throttling, internet fast lanes, and selective services. Online activism could also suffer due to the FCC’s decision and free speech could be affected due to potential censorship on social media.

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