Musicians, Democrats among those celebrating victory; Republican legislators, AT&T, Verizon, the consumer electronics industry plan next steps to fight regulation
The FCC’s net neutrality decision quickly drew laurels and brickbats from Netflix, legislators, consumers and internet providers.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was caught on camera applauding following the vote and posted on Twitter that he “had to be there.”
“This is a victory for the people … the consumers, the average Joe’s against the big suppliers who have all the power and the wealth and make the decisions for them,” Wozniak told Bloomberg TV. “They feel hopeless and helpless. I see it as an indication that the people can sometimes win.”
Also pleased were musicians.
Future of Music CoalitionCEOCasey Rae called the FCC vote “an incredible moment.”
“This historic day is a testament to what can be achieved when the creative community comes together with a diverse array of advocates and activists to stand up for free expression and entrepreneurship,” Rae said.