The 22nd annual Webby Awards were held at Cipriani Wall Street in Lower Manhattan on Monday night, and with just two days before a forced vote from Senate Democrats on the matter, one thing was on many attendees’ minds: the importance of net neutrality.
As an awards ceremony dedicated to recognizing the year’s biggest internet visionaries and activists, the evening allowed for several honorees, including best actor winner David Harbour of Stranger Things, to get political at the podium with their five-word speeches.
“Net neutrality, you greedy dickheads,” said Harbour, channeling a passion previously seen in his acceptance speech for best ensemble in a drama series at the 2017 SAG Awards.
Net neutrality is the set of rules that ban internet providers like Verizon and Comcast from blocking or slowing down users’ access to specific websites and apps. With the support of all 49 Democrats and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Wednesday’s vote will repeal changes to Obama-era net neutrality rules implemented by the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission in December.
This vote comes on the heels of the FCC announcing that its order to end net neutrality will come in effect June 11.
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