Tweet Map Shows Where the Most Support for Net Neutrality Came From, and It's Not Surprising

An activist wears a mask as he holds a placard during a demonstration supporting net neutrality, in Bangalore, India, Thursday, April 23, 2015. The principle of net neutrality is that online content be allowed to load at the same speed and forbids paid fast lanes favoring some content and says broadband providers can't slow Web traffic or block content. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India last month put up a consultation paper on its website asking Internet users to give their views on net neutrality in India. The last day to vote for the campaign is April 24. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Net Neutrality is 2017’s y2k freak-out for too many interwebs surfers, and if you’re prone to mob driven bouts of outrage then you’ve likely taken to social media with the rest of your pack and howled into the night sky with rage over Net Neutrality’s repeal.


Bertrand Sperling, a company that keeps track of demographic data, analyzed 145,000 tweets using the popular hashtag #StopTheFCC. After the compiling the locations of where these tweets originated, we can see where the anti-FCC tweets were primarily concentrated.


1 District of Columbia 320.33 1872 584,400
2 West Virginia 72.52 1335 1,840,802
3 Oregon 56.83 2138 3,761,925
4 Massachusetts 50.36 3262 6,477,096
5 New York 49.28 9477 19,229,752
6 Colorado 44.91 2195 4,887,061
7 Nevada 43.03 1133 2,633,331
8 Washington 42.70 2802 6,561,297
9 California 41.95 15370 36,637,290
10 Vermont 38.13 238 624,258


While not surprising, it’s interesting that the highest anti-FCC tweeting per Capita came from the smallest area, Washington D.C., with over four times more outrage than its runner up, West Virginia. From West Virginia on down the list, the amount of tweets have more of a subtle difference.

Why our nation’s capitol would have such a huge concentration of tweets calling for the stoppage of government control over the world’s largest communications network is anyone’s guess.


The overall map shows that the highest concentration came from coastal areas with the exception of the south eastern states. Those not on the coasts are states with a lot of Democratic voters and politicians. West Virginia, a red state, seems to be the exception. While states like Texas are blood red, the larger cities suffer from a blue shade. Combine this with the California migrants in places like Austin and Dallas, and you’re probably going to see a lot of outrage tweets be generated.



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