A group of activists bombarded a federal agency's monthly open meeting with a popular internet prank known as "rickrolling."
On April 19, while the Federal Communications Commission's newly appointed chairman, Ajit Pai, was doing his job and promoting transparency and opportunity for discussion, modern day activists did what they do best: they shut their ears and shot down opportunity for dialogue, CNN reported. Activists that sat in the audience began singing the lyrics to the Rick Astley's song, "Never Gonna Give You Up," and throwing shade at the administration's stance to cut back on net neutrality.
This might be mildly funny if it didn't belittle the billions of taxpayers' funding this agency and limit their right to speak up in support or against the agency's decisions at this town hall.
On April 26, Pai made public his plans to limit the agency's oversight on net neutrality.
Put in place by the FCC under former President Barack Obama's administration in 2015, it was claimed that these net neutrality rules keep the internet fair and prevent broadband internet providers from picking favorites with websites and apps by controlling the speed of traffic to and from them. In reality though, they have limited industry growth and cut options for consumers.
Pai has proposed to repeal this policy, arguing that it is too much government regulation, and that the current classification, which puts internet providers in the same category as 1934's definition of telephone services, is outdated.
The day the proposal was released, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement, "It was illogical for the FCC in 2015 to ... regulate the Internet under an 80-year-old law designed to set rates for the rotary-dial-telephone era."
Current laws in favor of net neutrality are restricting growth and innovation in an industry that holds so much potential, Forbes reported.
The Obama administration laid ground for what they believed was an equal playing field for all and every consumer -- an unrealistic and unfair promise.
"This is a bad idea for the same reason that only having vanilla ice cream for sale is a bad idea: some people want, and are willing to pay for, something different," Jeffery Dorfman wrote in the article.
It serves progressive values no good if we put everyone on the same level, minimize their options, and cut off their creativity.
Internet service providers have been unable to implement new business models and ideas because the impending doom of government stipulation hung over them -- what purpose does this serve?
According to CNN, Pai's new proposal will be voted on by the FCC May 18, and then it will be open for public feedback.