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People Are Freaking out Over Net Neutrality. What Should I Know?

What happened?

A 2015 regulation known as net neutrality has been repealed, giving broadband providers control over what websites and content they can block or charge more for. Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai has been pushing for the repeal, saying that the Obama-era regulations interfere with competition and stifle innovation.

Will this change my internet?

In the near future, no, since the repeal won’t go into effect for weeks. Critics of the move say repealing net neutrality regulations, which forced providers to treat all traffic equally, will result in censorship and higher fees for consumers. Pai and other supporters of repeal insist that it will ultimately give consumers more options.

Learn more about net neutrality with our explainer here.

Glenn’s take:

The liberal hysteria over the FCC’s repeal of a regulation that’s only been around since 2015 is way over the top.

“Here’s the reality: The repeal of these regulations will not affect your life … whatsoever,” Glenn said. “And yet, [liberals are saying], ‘We’re all going to die.’”

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GLENN: The apocalypse is here.

The Earth and all its inhabitants will soon be consumed in flames.

And that’s ok.

Because Obama’s net neutrality regulations are dead. And so are we inside.

That’s basically a synopsis of every leftist on social media yesterday.

They took the news that the FCC voted 3-2 to get rid of net neutrality really, really, hard.

I bet they are all writing their dramatic and misinformed posts on stone tablets now in protest.

The hyperbolic statements from the left about the vote on net neutrality would make you think that the internet has been tortured and killed. In reality, the repeal of these regulations doesn’t affect their lives in any way whatsoever.

And yet, people are literally going crazy over it. In fact, the vote was briefly delayed yesterday after security had to clear the room to conduct a search for a possible bomb threat.

It begs the question, why are some people such emotional trainwrecks over net neutrality? Rescinding the Obama-era regulations will return us to a 2015-esque internet. Can anyone honestly say they noticed a difference in their internet usage over the past two years?

That’s a resounding “No.”

But the imagined hell of living without the internet we’re used to is enough to bring people to the edge of despair. It just goes to show that we are always closer to chaos than we think.

The only reason people think they want “Net Neutrality” is because it sounds nice. Period.

But the internet can only remain truly “neutral” if the government keeps its grubby hands off of it. And that’s just what the FCC voted to do yesterday.

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