The majority of Americans are displeased with the FCC's decision to repeal Net Neutrality, previously put in place during the Obama Era. The University of Maryland ran a poll and found that over 83% of Americans opposed repealing net neutrality, breaking them down into three groups:
- 75% of Republicans
- 89% of Democrats
- 86% of Independents
It's not often that you end up with such similar numbers across partisan divides. If 83% of the U.S. population is opposed to repealing Net Neutrality, it's somewhat of a surprise that the FCC repealed it.
As we are now seeing, some states are taking this into their own hands. We have already seen California, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington who are all seriously considering putting Net Neutrality rules into place, with the newest addition to the lineup, and also the first Republican state to do so being Nebraska.
Nebraska drafted and pushed forward a bill that was very similar to the original FCC regulations and protections. It would prohibit Internet Service Providers from controlling what content you see, or throttling the speed at which you can access them. What is interesting about this particular, is that Nebraska has a Democrat senator who mentioned that he received massive support from the major political parties, not just his own:
I knew I was passionate about it, but I was shocked at the support I received from Republicans, from Democrats and Libertarians
We're seeing a lot of people and companies upset with the FCC's decision to throw out Net Neutrality. Some of the major tech companies are even going as far as to sue the FCC, with many others opening up similar lawsuits.