Metro area companies join 'Net Neutrality Day of Action'

Trump's 'war on the open internet': tech firms join activists in day of protest

"Internet providers should not be able to charge content creators - like Netflix, Hulu, or CNET - more money to stream their service, or have the ability to block others entirely", said Dane Jasper, chief executive of the California-based Internet provider Sonic.

People are so upset with the new FCC chairman's rollback proposal that they picketed his home.

Reddit visitors had to sit and wait for a slow message about the importance of net neutrality to appear, mimicking the possibility of slowed down content. Mozilla's Firefox browser opened to a grayed out landing page and link to the FCC.

After Wednesday's day of action, members of the public will have until Tuesday 18 July to send comments to the FCC.

Google (GOOG)'s doing it. Facebook (FB, Tech30) too. That means no speeding up their own TV streaming services and slowing down a competitor's. "Or they could impose new tolls on us, inhibiting consumer choice". Unsurprisingly, telecom giants like AT&T and Verizon (which came to own Engadget through a weird twist of capitalist fate) claim support for the open internet but disapprove of the Title II classification. Some of them may have been swayed by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, who pointed out that "there are multiple examples of ISP [misdeeds] over the years" so restrictions are important. The collective action by the tech industry draws on successful tactics from the 2012 Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout and the 2014 Internet Slowdown protests that helped pressure the FCC to adopt tough open-internet rules.

Big broadband companies including AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and Cox.

Publicly, however, the message is different. The FCC voted 2-1 in May to advance a Republican plan to reverse the "Net neutrality" order. Twitter was also promoting the hashtag #NetNeutrality throughout the day.

Aides to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) and others attended the meeting, according to one person familiar with the matter.

Yes. Opponents don't like the idea of putting the federal government at the center of the internet when, as Pai has said, "nothing is broken". However, as Pai has said, "nothing is broken" and the rules were established on "hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom".

"It's basic economics. The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you're likely to get", he said.

"The FCC needs to listen to the public, not just lobbyists from big cable companies". In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission or FCC introduced a set of regulations requiring internet service providers to grant access to all content or applications regardless of the source.

Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund and Demand Progress have teamed up to create the Battle for the Net campaign.

Republican lawmaker Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee called the July 12 protests "another day of confusion for consumers and users", and criticized Democrats in Congress for not helping to pass net-neutrality legislation.

How Does This Tie in to Trump's Approach to the Internet?

"Today is a historic moment when the Internet is realizing it's power-with massive amounts of creative activism spreading to every corner of the Internet, from the smallest and weirdest nooks and crannies of the web to the most popular websites on earth". Supporters of the current rules face an uphill fight. Without the rules, ISPs don't have to get people's consent before selling their data - including their browsing histories - to advertisers and others.

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