Indian Americans criticize Ajit Pai for his stand on Net Neutrality

The net neutrality debate continues to rage on and Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai continues to receive criticism from all ends.

A few days ago  Ajit Pai came under a blistering attack from several Indian-American lawmakers for his proposal to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality policy.

Ro Khanna ,  first-term Indian-American Congressman from Silicon Valley said we have to fight for less consolidation to save our democracy.

“We need stronger net neutrality laws that ban most forms of zero rating instead of weakening these laws!”, as he retweeted an article from the Los Angeles Times according to which “in Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages”– he added.

“In addition to making the false assertion that Portugal has no net neutrality, Congressman Khanna is pointing to an example that has nothing to do with net neutrality,” — he said.

Indian American comedian Hari Kondabolu criticised the FCC Chairman in his own style.

“Ajit Pai is the type of Indian guy who eats dosa with a fork.” — he wrote on Twitter.

Senator Kamala Harris said FCC’s current proposal is misguided and more than 7,00,000 Californians and 8 million Americans — have already submitted their comments.

“Our message has been clear: broadband providers must not be allowed to tilt the playing field by blocking or throttling their competitors, prioritising their offerings, or otherwise unreasonably interfering with lawful content,” she said.

In an email response to her supporter, she said “This would be a terrible mistake that would hurt the most vulnerable and voiceless among us. It will imperil our economy while reducing innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity,”.

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“Net neutrality protections ensure that the internet remains open, fair, and equal for everyone. By dismantling these protections, we turn our backs on the most fundamental First Amendment rights of our students, entrepreneurs, innovators, small businesses, and working families, and all who rely on an open internet to level the playing field of opportunity,” — she said.

Tulsi Gabbard , the member of the Democratic Party alleged that Pai and the FCC were rewarding “pay-to-play politics”, ensuring that those with money have a seat at the table and shutting out everyone else.

“Net neutrality protections ensure that the internet remains open, fair, and equal for everyone. By dismantling these protections, we turn our backs on the most fundamental First Amendment rights of our students, entrepreneurs, innovators, small businesses, and working families, and all who rely on an open internet to level the playing field of opportunity,” she said.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said the new rules put bring a situation where only people with money can gain access to faster internet service.

“If these rules are repealed, your ISP will be able to charge you more to access certain content. Those with more money will get faster internet service, or be able to access more of the internet. Competition among new streaming services and content providers will be severely damaged. And we, the consumers, will pay for it,” she said.

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