The internet rallies around the fight for net neutrality

13 July, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • Amazon and Netflix are among the major internet organisations joining a day of protest against the US FCC

He urged viewers to flood the Federal Communications Commission with comments to defend the regulation. What more users and tech companies are concerned about, though, will be the ability for some sites to pay more to stream faster than other sites.

The page included a "Take Action" button which leads to a screen that gives you your congressman's number to call or to a petition on Fight for the Future (the nonprofit coordinating the protest).

Tech companies and websites disagree, saying without the regulations, online users rights to fair treatment and against things like censorship would be threatened.

Net neutrality is an important aspect as it keeps the Internet free of monopoly by companies/websites with a deep pocket - helping in making the internet a more diverse and free place.

Fight for the Future, which is organizing the Day of Action, puts it this way: "Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you".

"It's possible that these complaints would show that consumers still have issues with their internet service providers, and the rules provide a mechanism in which to remedy that", Scurato said.

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Organized by the impressive minds behind the SOPA blackout and the Internet Slowdown, the day of action is focused on grassroots mobilization. As video providers are predicted to be most impacted by the reversal, Netflix, Amazon and Facebook are among the major companies protesting the deregulation, according to Wired.

The US communications regulator FCC voted to overturn rules implemented during Barack Obama's presidency which forbade internet service providers (ISPs) from favouring certain services over others a year ago.

However, new FCC chairman Ajit Pai wishes to get rid of the Open Internet Order on competition grounds. She claims Pai's argument is specious and that his proposal to repeal net neutrality, the 218-page "Restoring Internet Freedom", would tip the scales in favor of the country's largest telecom companies.

Net neutrality is a term coined in 2003 to describe the principle that ISPs should treat all of the data they're providing to customers equally, and not to use their own infrastructure to block out competitors.

This has prompted a 90-day period in which members of the public can comment on the proposed rules up until July 17. Currently, there is no indication that any will, but the net neutrality rules do not preventing these companies from doing so. We think that was partly because his net neutrality views are deeply held and partly because they sync perfectly with the White House's anti-regulation objectives. The FCC will be open to comments on Monday regarding its just-published proposal.


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