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What Is Net Neutrality And Why Should You Care?

What Is Net Neutrality And Why Should You Care?

So they've partnered not only with the likes of Google and Facebook but also some of the world's other top online destinations - including Airbnb and Netflix - to oppose the FCC's proposed actions. If we take our hypothetical Trumpista ISP owner, they could make a site like Breitbart load in a flash, while the Washington Post is blocked - or not blocked, but throttled so the site loads so slowly it's unreadable.

Tech trade groups and activist organizations, such as the Internet Association and Fight for the Future, argue that repealing the FCC's net neutrality rules would give internet service providers too much power to determine what consumers can and can't see online, and for what price.

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. As for the "mainstream" companies, Reddit, Apple, Amazon, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, and many others have pledged to do something in support of net neutrality. FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump administration appointee, argues the Federal Trade Commission can target individual companies engaging in anti-competitive behavior, while net-neutrality rules can be left with Congress. This would change the landscape of the internet and lead to smaller sites being pushed out for larger sites that can pay the extra money to earn special treatment. More than 30 telecoms, including Digicel and Flow, signed on to the CANTO "Voluntary Code of Practice for Safeguarding the Open Internet".

Will Johnson, senior vice president of federal regulatory and legal affairs for Verizon also said in a statement that the carrier supports the open internet.

Some of the world's biggest tech companies joined forces with 80,000 websites in support of the "Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality". As CEI explained in an amicus brief we filed in 2012 along with the Cato Institute, the Free State Foundation, and TechFreedom, the FCC's rules in effect at the time unlawfully compelled Internet providers to transmit any and all speech-with the exception of several categories of speech that the agency deemed acceptable for providers to decline to carry.

Twitter expressed support for the existing rules, encouraging users to protest while promoting the hashtag #NetNeutrality. "Learn more." It linked to a page where users could send comments to the FCC.

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But there isn't a rule like the one introduced in the USA in 2015.

Google's approach was a bit more understated, due to their complicated relationship with net neutrality in general. There are still ways for high-traffic, high-bandwidth sites like Netflix to receive prioritisation on a network, but in general, the rules that the FCC chose to adopt were considered adequate for the protection of net neutrality. "We're also open to working with members of Congress and anyone else on laws to protect net neutrality".

Protesters will face even more push back this time.

It's predicted that today's protests aren't going to sway the FCC.

In 2014, "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver called on viewers to submit comments to the FCC in opposition to a proposal that would have allowed internet service providers to create internet "fast lanes" for higher-paying users. But why? What exactly is net neutrality? "Defend Net Neutrality", along with a prompt to "Take Action". Some websites limited access speeds or removed or replaced certain features for the day, demonstrating what the internet might be like without the net neutrality protections everyone online enjoys today.

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