Netflix joined the millions of disappointed Americans -- including plenty working in Hollywood -- on Thursday in expressing disappointment over the Federal Communication Commission's 3-2 vote to overturn Net Neutrality.
"We're disappointed in the decision to gut Net Neutrality 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," the streaming service tweeted.
"This isn't only about Netflix," it added in another tweet. "Without Net Neutrality, we would never have been able to grow into the business we have today. There's a whole future of startups that deserve that chance.
FCC Ajit Pai chairman led the charge on the decision, which was backed by two fellow Republican commissioners, while two Democratic commissioners dissented and didn't hold back their opposition during the vote, which was live streamed.
"I dissent, because I am among the millions outraged," said Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. "Outraged, because the FCC pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation's broadband consumers."
Pai maintains the repeal of the Obama-era regulation -- which prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content -- will be good for business in the future.
"We are helping consumers and promoting competition," Pai said in his statement before the vote. "Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas."
His critics and an overwhelming amount of Americans whose online experience could be altered as a result of the decision disagree.
Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, "This is an egregious attack on our democracy. The end of Net Neutrality protections means that the internet will be for sale to the highest bidder. When our democratic institutions are already in peril, we must do everything we can to stop this decision from taking effect."
See more reactions from Hollywood and beyond below:
So proud these guys sign the paychecks. A longer legal battle. Fight on @netflix , I stand behind you with a coffee mug and a right hook👊 https://t.co/JpHH7wPhYF
YES, @AjitPaiFCC! #NetNeutrality is essential to our democracy. The Internet is a critical part of every day life for everyone. THIS IS A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE. Access to jobs, education, health, and how we get this critical information should not depend on socioeconomic class.
I'll be leading a multistate lawsuit bringing the resources of AGs across the country to bear in the fight to protect the internet and the millions of Americans who rely on it. #NetNeutrality pic.twitter.com/wHVFDD8HsJ
The @FCC just voted to repeal #NetNeutrality, a move that attacks freedom of speech for the millions of people who use the internet every single day. This is outrageous, and I'll be joining @SenMarkey's effort to reverse this horrible decision. https://t.co/QsgwqnNPfr