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Here’s what everyone is saying about the FCC’s historic Net neutrality ruling (in GIF form)

Earlier today, the FCC announced its landmark ruling to reclassify broadband as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act, among other things. As you’d likely have expected, there’s been a wide variety of responses across the Internet, from jumping with joy, to sulking in sadness, to downright angry. Let’s take a look at a few responses, GIF-style.

Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action:


“By protecting the open Internet from big cable companies that want to limit access, this victory levels the playing field for consumers, small businesses, and Main Street.”

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA-The Wireless Association president and CEO:


“The FCC’s Net Neutrality decision was disappointing and unnecessary: consumers across the U.S. have — and will always have — access to an open mobile Internet.”

James W. Cicconi, AT&T senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs:


“We have never argued there should be no regulation in this area, simply that there should be smart regulation. What doesn’t make sense, and has never made sense, is to take a regulatory framework developed for Ma Bell in the 1930s and make her great grandchildren, with technologies and options undreamed of eighty years ago, live under it.”

Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior vice president, public policy and government affairs, translated from Morse code:


“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors.”

John Sununu and Harold Ford Jr., Broadband for America honorary co-chairs:


“The FCC’s decision to impose obsolete telephone-era regulations on the high-speed Internet is one giant step backwards for America’s broadband networks and everyone who depends on them.”

Michael Powell, NCTA president and CEO:


“The Commission has breathed new life into the decayed telephone regulatory model and applied it to the most dynamic, free-wheeling and innovative platform in history.”

Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO:


“CEA supports a light regulatory regime that strikes the appropriate balance among fostering innovation, promoting competition and maintaining broad access to and across the Internet. With this vote, the Commission has instead placed regulatory shackles and new legal risks on the Internet and those who use this technological marvel to create critical new services, products and jobs.”

Walter McCormick, USTelecom president:

“Today’s action by the FCC is the wrong path for achieving broadband deployment in all parts of the United States. It redefines the Internet, inserts the federal government deeply into its management, and invites other countries to do the same.”

Scott Baker, Telecommunications Industry Association CEO:

“TIA and our members are disappointed by the FCC’s approval of a plan to regulate the Internet as a public utility, or Title II regulation. However, let me be clear: the FCC’s actions will not be the last word on this important issue.”

As you can probably tell, there are some pretty upset companies out there. If we missed any more reactions, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below and we’ll be adding more reactions over time.