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Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Tuesday that the administration supports FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s efforts to move internet service providers (ISPs) to a less-regulated portion of the Communication’s Act. That move, critics say, would give internet providers the ability to eliminate the level playing field on which the internet was founded.
NEWS: Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Trump administration supports FCC's efforts to roll back net neutrality— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) July 18, 2017
On net neutrality, Sarah Sanders says "rules of the road are important for everybody," but Obama admin "went about this the wrong way."— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) July 18, 2017
Sanders re: net neutrality says previous admin went about rules the wrong way and president supports FCC chair's efforts— Cheryl Bolen (@cherylbolen) July 18, 2017
The FCC’s effort to dismantle net neutrality has been under scrutiny in recent weeks.
Last week, several internet activist organizations and technology giants like Amazon, Netflix, PornHub, and others banded together to launch the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, a day-long protest that pushed back against FCC’s actions and highlighted the potential consequences that could come from dismantling federal net neutrality protections.
The protest inspired millions of people to leave comments on the FCC’s website in favor of keeping net neutrality while “tens of millions of people” saw the messages, GIFs, and ads that websites displayed during the protest, organizers said.
HBO’s John Oliver also recently examined what would happen without the level playing field – with his call to action seemingly coinciding with the FCC’s website going down.
On Tuesday, Fight for the Future, an advocacy group who helped launch the day of action protest, said they will soon be targeting members of Congress with billboards and an online scorecard that highlight their stance on net neutrality.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).