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Net Neutrality Day of Action

Post by dlarson » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:24 am

Hi Folks,

Today you may have noticed a new popup when visiting the site. Today is the Net Neutrality Day of Action and if you agree with the following points I encourage you to make your voice heard. Just follow this link:

Now, currently Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon are regulated by a rule called Title II. These are the rules of Title II.
  1. Broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  2. They may not impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, application, services, or any classes thereof.
  3. They may not favor some internet traffic over other internet traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—no paid prioritization or fast lanes
The FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is planning to release ISPs from the rules of Title II. This means that ISPs can then do many things like the following.
  1. Prioritize internet traffic with paid tiers that determine how fast a website is delivered to your browser.
  2. Create an uneven playing field where startup websites have to pay large sums to have their website delivered at the same speed as large ones like Amazon or Google.
  3. Slow down or even block entirely consumer access to websites based on paid tiers.
In brief, the change would allow the following.
If the proposal put forward by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai falls into place, it would allow internet service providers to block, throttle and fast-lane various parts of the internet at will, potentially regulating and censoring your entire web-surfing experience and forcing you to stick to the destinations that pay protection money to these cable and broadband companies. (source)
If these things matter to you, please make your thoughts known.
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Re: Net Neutrality Day of Action

Post by zelph » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:45 pm

Thank you Dana. We can make a difference. My letter has been submitted.

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Re: Net Neutrality Day of Action

Post by zelph » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:02 pm

Historic Day of Action: Net Neutrality Allies Send 1.6 Million Comments to FCC

When you attack the Internet, the Internet fights back.

Today, the Internet went all out in support of net neutrality. Hundreds of popular websites featured pop-ups suggesting that those sites had been blocked or throttled by Internet service providers. Some sites got hilariously creative—Twitch replaced all of its emojis with that annoying loading icon. Netflix shared GIFs that would never finish loading. PornHub simply noted that “slow porn sucks.”

Together, we painted an alarming picture of what the Internet might look like if the FCC goes forward with its plan to roll back net neutrality protections: ISPs prioritizing their favored content sources and deprioritizing everything else. (Fight for the Future has put together a great collection of examples of how sites participated in the day of action.)

Today has been about Internet users across the country who are afraid of large ISPs getting too much say in how we use the Internet. Voices ranged from huge corporations to ordinary Internet users like you and me.

Together with Battle for the Net and other friends, we delivered 1.6 million comments to the FCC, breaking the record we set during Internet Slowdown Day in 2014. The message was clear: we all rely on the Internet. Don’t dismantle net neutrality protections.

If you haven’t added your voice yet, it’s not too late. Take a few moments to tell the FCC why net neutrality is important to you. If you already have, take a moment to encourage your friends to do the same.


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