Net Neutrality 'Day of Action' Fizzles into Big Yawn

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

In support of the "Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality", more than 80,000 websites are displaying alerts, ads and short videos to urge the public to oppose the overturn of the landmark 2015 net neutrality rules.

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. Without net neutrality rules in place, this unrestricted, open internet access is put in jeopardy.

"Today we all joined together to stop FCC Chairman Pai's quest to destroy the Net Neutrality safeguards that are crucial to everyone's right to connect and communicate". The goal was to make sure those service providers couldn't favor some websites or block or slow down others.

It's called Net Neutrality. "And it should stay that way".

Basking Ridge, N.J. -based Verizon, for one, said that while it "respects and applauds" the companies and people taking part in the Day of Action, the answer doesn't lie in imposing utility regulations on internet providers.

Already the FCC has received 5.6 million comments on the issue, ahead of a July 17 deadline for remarks. He said the "principles of a free internet are something we all support", but said the rules allow "the FCC and the government to have monopoly style regulatory power over the internet". His research areas at the Competitive Enterprise Institute include intellectual property, information privacy, telecommunications, cybersecurity, competition policy, media regulation, and Internet freedom.

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. Your personal blog, for example, should be given the same access to the internet as a major worldwide news website.

Popular online forum Reddit displayed a slow-loading logo and a pop-up notice warning its users of the risks associated with repealing net neutrality rules. Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit later vacated those rules on unrelated grounds, the FCC's 2015 rules are actually more rigid than its previous rules, and thus pose an even greater threat to the First Amendment. "We're also open to working with members of Congress and anyone else on laws to protect net neutrality".

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That would focus the aid more on people with lower incomes than the House legislation, which bases its subsidies on age. He told Fox News, "I think that they'll probably get there, but those Senators are not the only obstacles".

Basically, with net neutrality, the internet should sound ... pretty normal.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said the new efforts to alter Internet regulations were troubling, especially considering how vital online access has become for residents and small business owners.

"We're trying to make it easier for real people to comment and make their voices heard", said Evan Greer, campaign director for Fight for the Future, a non-profit advocacy group that helped organize the protest. "So it's not just competition", Thompson said.

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).

Vimeo released their own video on Wednesday, explaining the basics of net neutrality and how to fight to ensure it remains intact.

We at Weed News are enormous supporters of net neutrality. "I think it is absolutely crucial to recognize that an internet that's open and non-discriminatory is healthy, both for the technology that lives on the internet and for the people that use the internet for their everyday lives".

If we don't win this particular battle, legal action could potentially derail Pai's plans before they officially take effect.



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