Net neutrality repeal sparks praise and disappointment: ‘We cannot let this happen’

After the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday along party lines to repeal net neutrality regulations imposed in 2015, the reaction was swift from technology companies, internet service providers, lawmakers and other stakeholders in both support and opposition to the move.

Critics of the vote believe that internet service providers might take advantage of the freedom to prioritize certain types of web traffic which could ultimately have an effect on speeds or pricing. Supporters have argued that removing the regulations will spur innovation and competition.

ABC News has compiled notable responses to Thursday’s FCC vote:

Opposition to the FCC vote:

Google

“We remain committed to the net neutrality policies that enjoy overwhelming public support, have been approved by the courts, and are working well for every part of the internet economy,” a spokesperson said. “We will work with other net neutrality supporters large and small to promote strong, enforceable protections.”

Netflix

Twitter

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer

Alexis Ohanian Sr., Reddit co-founder and executive chairman

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Support for the FCC vote:

Comcast

“We commend Chairman Pai for his leadership. Today’s action does not mark the ‘end of the Internet as we know it; rather it heralds in a new era of light regulation that will benefit consumers.” – David Cohen, senior executive vice president and…

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