So far, 5.6 million comments have been received, with millions coming in May after late-night TV comedian John Oliver encouraged viewers to tell the FCC that they support net neutrality with Title II enforcement, Bloomberg reports. “We’re also hosting an ongoing Net Neutrality AMA series in the lead-up to our site-wide engagements on the Day of Action”, Reddit staff wrote in a blog post about the day of action.
As part of the net neutrality day of action, the ACLU will change its logo on Facebook and Twitter to one that says “Save Net Neutrality”.
Then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler a year ago accused AT&T of violating net neutrality rules by letting its own video service stream without counting against mobile data caps while charging other companies for the same data cap exemptions.
Net neutrality is, in a nutshell, the internet’s equivalent of a right to free speech.
“In the end, the issue is never really about what the rules should be or whether we should have an open internet”, noted Quinn, whose company, remember, would benefit from the gutting of existing rules. The debate has reached the floors of congress, where a docket has been submitted to roll back net neutrality protections and enable ISPs to dictate their users’ internet usage all in the name of corporate “freedom”.
More than 80,000 people, sites, and organizations have signed on to the effort overall, and more announcements from major companies are expected in the coming days. The company has come out in support of new Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who proposed the rollback.
The Obama-era rules, codified in the 2015 Open Internet Order, aim to prevent internet service providers from blocking, slowing or otherwise unreasonably discriminating against content that end-users could access. Snap joins a collective of individuals and companies like Amazon, Airbnb, Dropbox, Facebook, Spotify and Google who have all confirmed their participation in Net Neutrality Day, which takes place on July 12th. Net neutrality is a simple principle that ISPs undertake to enable internet users to get access to every website on the domain without any filters or blockages. Public Knowledge is proud to be a part of the protest as one of the long-time public interest champions for ensuring an Open Internet.
“Net neutrality has serious implications for the adult entertainment industry, particularly the online porn industry”, said Price in a statement.
The protest will consist largely of messages presented to website visitors warning them of potential ramifications of repealing the regulations which classify broadband internet service as a utility under “Title II”.
The day of action is organized by a coalition of activist groups that have pushed for net neutrality for years.
The fear is that devoid of net neutrality regulations internet service providers could throttle the speed at which users can access certain sites, creating “slow lanes”.
Some of the world’s most recognisable websites are preparing to join an online “day of action” to protest against proposed new internet regulations in the US.
The new FCC chairman argues that the 2015 rules were established on “hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom” and that they are generally bad for business. This kind of staunch opposition is common on social media, which makes a group consensus that much more significant.