The vote on rules governing how Internet Service Providers manage the traffic on their networks went with party affiliations 3-2. It means that operators need not treat all content companies with the same respect and will be free to speed up or slow down individual content.
In a Tweet from its corporate account, the streaming service said the vote was just the beginning of a legal battle and that it would stand with innovators large and small to oppose what it described as a “misguided” FCC order.
We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 14, 2017
Previously, Netflix had said its business would not be impacted by any change.
The FCC said the move would remove the public utility-style legislation and help those ISPs serving rural America to provide better competition.
The legislation would “restore the long-standing, bipartisan approach to protecting Internet freedom”.
Google, Amazon and Apple also remain opposed.