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Jimmy Kimmel slams ‘despicable’ net neutrality decision

Jimmy Kimmel ripped the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its repeal of net neutrality rules, calling FCC Chair Ajit Pai a “jackhole” over the move.

“The Federal Communications Commission did something absolutely despicable today: They voted to put an end to net neutrality,” Kimmel said on his show Thursday night.

{mosads}“Now, as long as they tell us they’re doing it now, internet service providers will be allowed to slow down or block web traffic to any website or streaming service they like — which benefits the big telecom companies, and does the opposite for all of us,” he said.

He also noted that many had pushed to delay the repeal of the rules after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) announced his office had found that about 2 million of the public comments posted about the decision were fake.

“They did this even though 83 percent of Americans support net neutrality, and 2 million of the people who supposedly wrote to the FCC to opposite net neutrality were bogus,” he said. “Many turned out to be dead people — someone stole the identities of dead people to help push this through.”

The late night host said that Americans had to hope that Congress would pass legislation to put net neutrality laws back in place.

“But I just want to say, thank you, President Trump,” Kimmel said. “Thanks to you — and this jackhole you appointed to run the FCC — big corporations are about to take full control of the internet. So Merry Christmas, everybody.”

The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules on Thursday.

Kimmel has emerged as a major critic of Trump on late-night television, delivering emotional monologues opposing the attempted repeal of ObamaCare.

Last week, he called for Congress to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program after lawmakers allowed it to lapse in September, while holding his young son Billy, who suffers from a heart defect.

Tags Censorship of broadcasting in the United States Communication Donald Trump Federal Communications Commission Government Internet access Internet service provider Jimmy Kimmel; Ajit Pai; Donald Trump; FCC; net neutrality Mass media Net neutrality
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