Tech companies plan virtual protest to protect net neutrality

"This may seem like an anomaly to many people who might question why AT&T is joining with those who have differing viewpoints on how to ensure an open and free internet". If someone wants to watch the newest season of Stranger Things, they don't have to worry about Comcast slowing down the stream in order to encourage users to watch a show on cable instead. You can send your comments to the FCC to let the commissioners know you want the internet to remain open.

It was part of a coordinated "Day of Action" aimed at convincing the Federal Communications Commission to keep in place current net neutrality regulations, which require internet providers treat all content equally.

Marc Andreessen, an Internet pioneer who co-authored the first widely used web browser and co-founded Netscape, offers a counter-argument that is popular with telecommunication companies.

"Net neutrality says that internet providers can not treat different content and different sources differently", Dr. Leidig said. "You need to know how you're going to get a return on that investment", Andreessen said. They and other major websites are using space on their home page to draw attention to net neutrality, which some feel is under threat by the Trump administration.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said an unfair "burden" on ISPs is a reason for his support of reversing net neutrality, according to USA Today. Each company will decide how they would like to protest the upcoming repeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules. More than 30 telecoms, including Digicel and Flow, signed on to the CANTO "Voluntary Code of Practice for Safeguarding the Open Internet". The move, which critics charge will fundamentally undermine consumer privacy in the United States, overturned rules drawn up by the FCC that would have given people more control over their personal data.

On Wednesday advocates of present net neutrality rules banded together in what was called a 'Day of Action', with numerous world's biggest websites showing their disdain in the form of banners and pop-ups decrying any changes to present regulations. But in 2015, then-Democrat-majority FCC passed new regulations to enforce net neutrality, setting new kind of oversight for Internet service providers.

Comcast also posted a blog in support of "permanent, strong, legally enforceable net neutrality rules".

Here's what to know about the proposed rollback as the FCC takes public comments until Monday (responses to other comments are due August 16).

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Google's approach was a bit more understated, due to their complicated relationship with net neutrality in general.

Believers in net neutrality advertise how this idea of a free internet affects everyone, from online business owners, purveyors with niche topics and products, and everyday internet users.

More importantly, public pressure on elected officials will be the most effective part of the protest.

But lawmakers aren't running the net neutrality proceeding as Pai heads toward a vote possibly later this year at the FCC.

"The FCC needs to listen to the public, not just lobbyists from big cable companies", Fight for the Future's campaign director Evan Greer said in a statement.

Internet provider AT&T Inc also joined the big protest even though the wireless giant in the past has disagreed with staunch net neutrality advocates over how to enforce it.

Political pundit John Oliver went to extra lengths by purchasing a web domain linking directly to the FCC's comment submission form for net neutrality.

Alternately, without net neutrality, your ISP could make sites it particularly likes load faster.


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