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Tech companies rally for Net Neutrality 'day of action'

12 July 2017, 12:41 | Melanie Burgess

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Fight for the Future, an organization behind Net Neutrality Day, says almost 70,000 people, organizations, online forums, startups, and other groups are participating in the event on Wednesday. Congress and the FCC are now debating whether or not to undo some of the net neutrality protection now in place in order to let ISPs begin controlling their users' access to the web. Google and Facebook have recently said they plan to participate as well, according to published reports.

Some companies have been late to rally around the day of action.

What will we see on these websites? "We'll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action". Some may post graphics like these that seek to simulate the experience of a "slower" internet.

The previous record for public involvement in an agency proceeding was set during the last Net Neutrality rulemaking, which culminated in the 2015 ruling to reclassify internet-access providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

Fair enough; in that case, you can look at the open letter signed by over 170 members of the Internet Creators Guild.

Other ardent net neutrality supporters have chided AT&T in the past for offering streaming video through DirecTV in a way that doesn't count against its customers' monthly data plans.

The rules also ban internet providers from extracting payments from websites as a condition of having their content delivered to consumers' screens. Shortly after President Donald Trump took office, however, the FCC ended the government's probe of the practice.

Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. For instance, some smaller providers are supportive of the regulations. Why is it so freaky to see AT&T protesting the rollback rules meant to prevent internet service providers from throttling traffic to particular websites and services?

Many websites will feature buffering symbols, videos, and banners explaining the benefits of Net Neutrality and how the public can help.

. Increasingly, ISPs such as Verizon are buying up content companies like AOL and Yahoo, while others such as AT&T are moving decisively into television programming. And they argue that the regulation causes them to spend less money upgrading their networks to be faster and more reliable. "The goal of this day of action is to make them listen". Other ISPs are expected to respond on social media.

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Who will come together for the protest: More than 180 companies including Amazon, Twitter, Etsy, OkCupid and Vimeo, along with advocacy groups such as the ACLU, Change.org and Greenpeace, will join the protest and urge their users and followers to do the same.

"If they want to support the Title II protections that we have now, which prevent them from shaking down websites for extra fees as part of "paid prioritization" schemes, we'd be glad to have them as part of this protest", she said.

The decision was highly controversial, analysts say, because ISPs feared it could allow the FCC to directly regulate the price of internet access someday.

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Comcast had no comment Tuesday on the proposed day of action, but the Philadelphia company has said it does not believe that the Obama-era rules - which include partly regulating high-speed broadband service as if it was a monopoly phone service - are necessary and it supports an open internet.

Democrats are hoping to turn net neutrality into a campaign issue. "Congress and the FCC need to listen to the public, not just lobbyists".

The result of this protest was considerable, with lobbying leading to two of PIPA's sponsors withdrawing their support for the bill, including a man who would later seek Presidential nomination from the Republican Party, Marco Rubio.

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