Following the vote to rescind Obama era regulations on the internet, FCC chairman Ajit Pai issued this statement:
It’s difficult to match that mundane reality to the apocalyptic rhetoric that we’ve heard from Title II supporters. And as the debate has gone on, their claims have gotten more and more outlandish. So let’s be clear. Returning to the legal framework that governed the Internet from President Clinton’s pronouncement in 1996 until 2015 is not going to destroy the Internet. It is not going to end the Internet as we know it. It is not going to kill democracy. It is not going to stifle free expression online. If stating these propositions alone doesn’t demonstrate their absurdity, our Internet experience before 2015, and our experience tomorrow, once this order passes, will prove them so.
This is how CNN reported it:
From what I’ve read, the Obama-era regulations favored the biggest internet providers while stifling investment by the kinds of small companies that were willing to extend better service to rural areas. That sounds typical of something Democrats would do, doesn’t it? Anyway, I can believe this is what the regs actually accomplished, because I’ve got a friend who lives in the boonies who, can you believe this, still has DIAL UP. Her connection is so slow that, if I want to send her a photo, I have to reformat it so the file is less than 100 kb.