Open internet advocates join forces to protect net neutrality from internet providers

Open internet advocates join forces to protect net neutrality from internet providers

Open internet advocates join forces to protect net neutrality from internet providers

Without Net Neutrality, innovation would be stifled, already-marginalized voices would be silenced, and telecom providers could strike backroom deals to put certain websites in a fast lane, with everyone else consigned to a slow lane. "Therefore, it is imperative that net neutrality be preserved around the world", he said.

To show just how important net neutrality is to free choice on the internet, EFF and a host of other organizations are temporarily halting full access to their website homepages today with a prominent message that they're "blocked". As video providers are predicted to be most impacted by the reversal, Netflix, Amazon and Facebook are among the major companies protesting the deregulation, according to Wired. But no service provider before has attempted to co-opt the net neutrality fight in quite the same way as AT&T Inc.

The term refers to the liberty enjoyed by websites to be equally accessible to all at equally fast Internet speeds, regardless of their content. "Existing net neutrality rules should be enforced and kept intact".

"Small businesses, startups, and creative online projects are the most likely to be censored, stuck in a slow lane, or shaken down for extra fees by cable companies, it makes ideal sense that they are the ones leading this charge", said Fight the Future's campaign director Evan Greer.

The EFF wants to do this to highlight that giving up protections for net neutrality will give ISPs a "frightening" amount of control over a user's internet experience.

"Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T want to be able to create their own rules and regulations around how they provide content to their end-user. and want more flexible rules", Dixon said.

The FCC, under President Donald Trump's administration, is looking to remove Net Neutrality rules. "How can you have 47,000 complaints that consumers have submitted over two years that you're going to ignore in order to move forward with repealing these rules - someone needs to review them".

Rules passed in 2015 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a US-based regulator, suggests heavy regulation is required to "prevent ISPs from artificially directing customers to sites and applications they control or with whom they share special business relationships", adds the website. And that its legal battles with the FCC's current regulations shouldn't diminish the fact it believes in the principle of an open internet.

The first deadline for comments on the FCC's plans is due on 17 July, and a smorgasbord of technology firms is protesting the proposals ahead of that date.

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