House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s weekly press briefings are getting a little bombastic.
On the same day the U.S. Federal Communications Commission received a bomb threat over its vote to repeal so-called “net neutrality” rules adopted by the Obama administration, Pelosi offered some loaded language in her condemnation of the decision.
“Young people know what this means. This is about democracy on the internet. This is about good jobs for the future. And this should not be done,” Pelosi said.
“I don’t know if you remember, but when this happened before, when we were trying to interpret the law in a way that was favorable to democracy and the internet, the response from young people positively supporting that was overwhelming,” she continued.
“But as you know, supporting something is one wonderful thing, but when you try to take it away, it’s an explosion of such magnitude,” Pelosi said. “Well, the FCC will see that.”
It’s unclear whether Pelosi’s comments were an implied threat, or just completely ignorant.
The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to repeal the 2015 net neutrality rules on Thursday.
According to the Daily Mail:
The meeting was evacuated before the vote for about 10 minutes on the basis of what Commission Chairman Ajit Pai called ‘advice from security,’ and resumed after sniffer dogs checked the building.
An FCC official told DailyMail.com that police had concerns after a bomb threat was phoned in.
The Washington Examiner reports the Federal Protective Agency called the evacuation as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai delivered his proposal to repeal the net neutrality rules, though the meeting reconvened minutes later.
Outside, the building was besieged by protesters, who stood in the cold to voice their opposition to the vote.
“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Chairman Pai has got to go!” the crowd of roughly a few dozen shouted.
Others, including some celebrities, protested online.
Democrats vowed to fight the decision to end net neutrality through legal challenges. Many Republicans support the move, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promising it would “return the internet to a consumer-driven marketplace free of innovation-stifling regulations.”
“Consumers are unlikely to see any immediate changes resulting from the rule change, but smaller startups worry the lack of restrictions could drive up costs or lead to their content being blocked,” according to the Daily Mail.
“Internet service providers say they will not block or throttle legal content but that they may engage in paid prioritization. They say consumers will see no change and argue that the largely unregulated internet worked fine in the two decades before the order was adopted.”