Yesterday (December 14), US media regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ended net neutrality.
The decision was made at a meeting in Washington, with a vote of three to two to scrap the net neutrality rules that were put in place back in 2015, to protect an open internet. The decision was announced by FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, who was brought in shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States, back in January.
Pai later released a video, titled ‘7 Things You Can Still Do On The Internet After Net Neutrality’. In one part, he says “you can still ruin memes” before going into his own version of the 2013 viral video meme soundtracked by Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’.
You can watch the video below.
Upon watching the video, Diplo quickly tweeted Baauer writing, “yo @baauer did the FCC license your song for this? this is your moment to become a hero. call the lawyers.”
Baauer replied, writing “I’m Taking action. Whatever I can do to stop this loser.” You can see the tweets below.
I'm Taking action. Whatever I can do to stop this loser https://t.co/Ajo6wBATdF
— BAAUER (@baauer) December 14, 2017
Net neutrality prevents internet service providers (ISPs) from giving preference to certain sites’ traffic, and ensuring they treat all sites equally. Without it, providers can effectively divide up the internet, deciding which sites to give preferential treatment to, potentially based on whoever can afford to pay them more. This could stifle smaller business and startups who simply don’t have the funds to pay their way to
Save the Internet has started a petition calling for members of congress to pass a “resolution of disapproval” reversing the FCC’s vote. The petition can be viewed here.