Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to overturn net neutrality laws. The vote was split along party lines. Net neutrality ensures that internet service providers treat all internet traffic equally, meaning that a local businesses data is treated in the same way as data from Facebook.
Net neutrality was introduced into law in 2015, after Netflix was forced to pay Comcast and Verizon for preferential treatment after the two service providers throttled their customer's connections to the streaming service.
Opponents to yesterday's FCC decision fear that this could reoccur, and that companies who can afford to pay internet service providers for preferential treatment will be given an edge over smaller businesses and individuals who cannot. The FCC has argued that with more data being sent and received than ever, some traffic must be prioritised.
Congress could still overturn the decision by issuing a resolution disapproving of the decision, and dozens of states have said that they will sue the FCC and disregard the ruling.
But the FCC seems to have a supporter in Texas senator Ted Cruz, who took to Twitter late on Thursday evening with this tweet...
Snowflake, believing online propaganda: "OMG w/o net neutrality, the Internet is gone!" Informed observer: "You know, the FCC issued that rule in 2015. The Internet grew up wonderfully free from govt regulation & this restores the status quo ante." Snowflake: "Uh, never mind..."— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 15, 2017
Seeing that a poll the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation recently found that 75% of Republicans, 89% of Democrats and 86% of independents support net neutrality, that's a lot of snowflakes. And you can probably guess how the response went...
First thing, you're incredibly misguided, and have been since youth.— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) December 15, 2017
Third, you've never helped anyone else achieve anything. You are only out for yourself. You don't even pretend well.— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) December 15, 2017
Fifth, you lost to the most unpopular man of all time. He's a literal tax-dodging sexual assaulter with zero ideas and no concept of how government works, and you still fell flat on your face, then got right back on your knees to beg him for work after he insulted your dad/wife.— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) December 15, 2017
Address these and get me a new draft by tomorrow AM, and we can go through it again.— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) December 15, 2017
Also I don’t think attempting to tweet like Trump is a good look for you.— HaleyNMS (@haleynms) December 15, 2017
Oh boy, Ted. Can I call you Ted? You are my Senator after all.— Will Reynolds Young (@WReynoldsYoung) December 15, 2017
You do recall the multiple instances prior to 2015 the FCC stepped in that brought us to the 2015 rules.
I’d also think you’d want to listen respectfully to opposing points, not make fun of them on Twitter.
it's going to be fun watching you give a concession speech next year.— someuser (@someusersname) December 15, 2017
Making fun of one of your constituents is not a smart move. Obviously, there’s some confusion, so be a leader and explain to us how exactly this deregulation will help consumers?— Texan-American 🇺🇸 (@21st_texas) December 15, 2017
You see what happened in Virginia? In freaking Alabama?! You better watch that casual tossing around the "snowflake" epithet. Do you know what an avalanche is, Ted?— RMKR (@kidsistah) December 15, 2017
Calling people names and making fun of them lacks professional curiosity.— Vance-Dalton (@MJMarshallJM) December 15, 2017
That didn't go as planned.