President Donald Trump’s Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has been determined to push through a vote to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations — despite popular opposition to the move and requests from lawmakers to delay the vote. And he succeeded.
This was not lost on FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
The vote to repeal net neutrality passed 3-2, but Clyburn issued a scathing statementexpressing her opposition to the repeal.
“I dissent. I dissent from this fiercely-spun, legally-lightweight, consumer-harming, corporate enabling Destroying Internet Freedom Order,” Clyburn said. “I dissent, because I am among the millions who is outraged. Outraged, because the FCC pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation’s broadband consumers.”
Clyburn noted the “unprecedented groundswell” of support from the public for the net neutrality regulations and that people understand that the FCC “is handing the keys to the Internet … over to a handful of multi-billion dollar corporations. And if past is prologue, those very same broadband internet service providers, that the majority says you should trust to do right by you, will put profits and shareholder returns above, what is best for you.”
Clyburn said that in repealing the regulations, the Commissioners had violated a promise to “‘to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination… a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.’”
Clyburn said she would host a Twitter “town hall” to explain what the changes mean, but noted that the “agency that is supposed to protect you is actually abandoning you.”
Clyburn also said the fight is not over and that the FCC does not have the final word on the matter, mentioning her hope that a court or Congress will uphold the 2015 regulations. She also turned Pai’s words against him, when he spoke out against the initial net neutrality vote, calling the vote an “aberration” and a “temporary deviation from the bipartisan path.”
Watch Clyburn’s remarks below:
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: “This is the new norm at the FCC. A norm where the majority ignores the will of the people.” pic.twitter.com/VPxR4n0ZL7
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) December 14, 2017