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Spider Robinson once wrote, “Shared pain is lessened. Shared joy is increased. Thus, we refute entropy.” It might have been with that first thought in mind that in the wake of the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality thousands of people took to Twitter to let the world (and specifically FCC Chairman Ajit Pai) see the full extent of their rage.

For the one US citizen who isn’t aware, the Federal Communications Commission recently repealed a series of regulations referred to as “net neutrality.” Mostly, these guidelines restricted internet service providers like Comcast from slowing traffic to or forcing customers to pay a surcharge for free traffic to individual websites. For example, without net neutrality, Comcast, as both a content provider and ISP, could decide that Netflix viewers should pay a fee for watching Netflix rather than Comcast’s content. Do you want to stream Stranger Things smoothly? You have to pony up the dough.

Critics of net neutrality argue that such a thing would never come to pass since any company who pulled such a nefarious move would get fried in the court of public opinion. The FCC and chairman Ajit Pai argue that without net neutrality, American businesses can innovate and boost the American economy.

Who’s right? No one can say. Though, it’s worth pointing out that more than 80 percent of Americans (including 3 out of 4 Republicans) opposed the repeal of net neutrality.

Perhaps that’s why the vitriol on social media was so powerful.

Though, not everyone was outraged.

Mostly, though, the vitriol served as an opportunity to excoriate Ajit Pai himself.

The FCC Chairman should probably steer clear of the internet through the holidays.


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