Google, Facebook join online protest of net neutrality rollback

Google, Facebook join online protest of net neutrality rollback

Google, Facebook join online protest of net neutrality rollback

Twitter and Google, part of Alphabet Inc, expressed in blog posts their support for the existing net neutrality rules, encouraging users to participate in the online protest.

Some of the world's largest internet companies are taking part in a day of protest against changes that say will affect net neutrality - but what is net neutrality and should United Kingdom citizens be concerned?

Current companies supporting the protest include Amazon, Reddit, Netflix and Twitter.

The rules, brought in by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), stop ISPs from offering data "fast lanes" for companies or users which pay up and "slow lanes" for every one else.

ISPs have argued that Washington is hyper-focused on them as gatekeepers, while keeping a hands-off approach on edge providers as though they were still struggling garage-innovators, rather than behemoths with staggering valuations and market power.

"Today we adopt carefully tailored rules that would prevent specific practices we know are harmful to Internet openness - blocking, throttling and paid prioritization - as well as a strong standard of conduct created to prevent the deployment of new practices that would harm internet openness", the FCC report on the new rules said at the time.

But Spalter also said Congress should "do right by all consumers to make these protections permanent under the law".

"The FCC and everyone in this city is going to know what the political consequences are if net neutrality is repealed", added Sen.

But new FCC chairman Ajit Pai proposed reversing those regulations, citing the unnecessary burden they place on providers, and in May, the first step in that process passed. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyDems rally for net neutrality on "Day of Action" Net neutrality protests to blanket internet Overnight Energy: Climate rule foe aims to challenge Manchin MORE (D-Mass.).

Even with the repeal seemingly inevitable, the hawkish stance the online community is taking will likely motivate ISPs to uphold the voluntary decision to remain neutral and that might be considered a win for those in favor of net neutrality. The second is the classification of Internet service providers as Title II common carriers.

As John Nichols writes today, the fight for net neutrality "is really the fight over the whole of the future", with ramifications for "personal communications, education, commerce, economic arrangements, and democracy itself".

Net neutrality concerns the openness of the internet and how internet service providers (ISPs) control their customer's information. "Therefore, it is imperative that net neutrality be preserved around the world", he said. The public will have until mid-August to send comments to the FCC before the final vote.

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