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12 July 2017, 12:42 | Frank Carlson
Illustration by Jason Reed
Video-sharing website Vimeo is telling supporters that the FCC is planning to "repeal" net-neutrality rules and, if that happens, the internet will "start to resemble an old, rigid (vanilla) cable TV system, instead of the open (and "weird") network that we know and love". And if there's one issue everyone can get behind, it's the importance of net neutrality. But he explained that was the point, because like the other companies and groups participating in the online protest, AT&T agrees that the internet should remain open and free and that no company should be allowed to block content or slow down access of content in a "discriminatory manner".
Snap joins a collective of individuals and companies like Amazon, Airbnb, Dropbox, Facebook, Spotify and Google who have all confirmed their participation in Net Neutrality Day, which takes place on July 12th. Not all public commenters support the rules, but members of Congress recently asked the FCC to investigate apparent spam bots that used real people's names and addresses to file thousands of fake anti-net neutrality comments. All day tomorrow, websites, online communities and others will use banners and GIFs to show how the internet could change without strong neutrality rules. Both have been working hard to broaden their lobbying focus under the Trump administration, and both have been more than happy to sacrifice some integrity (and the health of the internet) in the process.
"Saddling modern broadband infrastructure and investment decisions with heavy-handed, outdated telephone regulations creates an environment of market uncertainty that does little to advance internet openness", Quinn said in his Tuesday blog post. The regulation explicitly prevents these companies from blocking or slowing down competitors' traffic or charging fees to deliver service faster. "Big Internet service providers ought not to be able to pick winners or losers".
How are internet providers responding to the day of action? "These regulatory changes will give ISPs huge influence over how we as creators can connect with each other and our audiences", they write.
The list of companies pledged to support the day of action through blackouts and user-alerts about the FCCs efforts to revoke the protections is nothing if not exhaustive.
Evan Greer, the campaign director for Fight for the Future, a group that helped to organize the online protest said, "We're trying to make it easier for real people to comment and make their voices heard".
"Title II is a source of authority to impose enforceable net neutrality rules".
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