Net Neutrality Advocates Stage “Day of Action” in Protest
Everyone has talked about this before, yet here we are again. Net Neutrality is once again the centerpiece of all discussion related to the Internet, and for good reason.
About 70,000 organizations and websites united last week in a Day of Action to support net neutrality—the idea of a free and open internet where no site is given preferential treatment by ISPs who may have a vested interest in them. And while this isn’t news to anyone (remember when John Oliver may have brought down the FCC site?), it’s easy for people to ignore the actual implications of repealing net neutrality rules because they either don’t think they will be directly affected or because they fell asleep halfway through reading this sentence.
But the protest last week should serve as an important reminder that protecting the free and open Internet is the responsibility of all Internet users, and it does, in fact, impact you quite directly.
Without Net Neutrality, internet providers could essentially create ‘fast lanes’ on the internet – this means more fees, censorship, and throttling of speeds for certain sites, but not for others.
Among the protesters were many Silicon Valley giants, including Google and Amazon, who urged Internet users to visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12/ and tell the FCC why they want to keep Net Neutrality.
The protest was supported by several notable companies and organizations including Amazon, Netflix, Google, Twitter, Facebook, DropBox, Atlassian, Weebly, Trello, Mozilla, and many others.
Computer scientist and inventor of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee posted this short call-to-action, warning against the dangers of allowing Internet providers the liberties that they are so quick to assure us they’d never use.
Response from ISPs
The telecom industry has since responded by supporting the protest, despite being the ones protested against. Comcast and AT&T both published blog posts this insisting they support net neutrality, but that they are opposed to the imposition of these rules by the FCC.