USA communications regulator the FCC earlier in 2017 voted to remove an Obama-era rule that would prevent the prioritisation of data, as well as other measures campaigners consider to be detrimental to the internet.
In a move that's equal parts infuriating and exasperating, Ajit Pai, the FCC's new chairman appointed by President Trump, wants to scrap the open internet protections installed in 2015 under the Obama administration.
Net neutrality, the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally, has the support of companies big and small, activists and investors who want startups to get the same chance that the YouTubes and Netflixes of the world had when they were getting off the ground. On one side of the ring stands FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee who controls a majority of votes for any decisions now made by the Federal Communications Commission.
Earlier this year, the department described net neutrality rulings as risking "online investment and innovation, threatening the very open internet it purported to preserve".
Websites taking part will display prominent messages on their home pages on Wednesday and encourage users to take action. Please publicly support the FCC's existing net neutrality rules based on Title II, and denounce Chairman Pai's plans. The decision, made in May, is pending a 90-day review and comments from the public. The rules, which can be changed by any FCC majority, could limit innovators from offering new ideas.
The issue of Net Neutrality is quite simple but it often gets obscured through misleading slogans like charges that the proposal was a "government takeover of the internet".
"Like other Internet companies, these businesses depend on the ability to reach customers over other internet service providers' (ISP) networks", Johnson said. For instance, an internet user in Seattle might have been more likely to load a video faster if it was hosted in California, rather than somewhere much further away, like Spain. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Netflix, Mozilla, Amazon, Airbnb and eighty-thousands additional websites will push U.S. internet users to run up the score against reversing the Barack Obama-era free internet rules.
On the other hand, ISPs like Comcast and Verizon believe net neutrality keeps them from innovating in areas where they make money off the internet service they provide.
'That means slow streaming, which, especially in regards to online porn, is quite problematic as you can imagine'.
"We expect a fourth-quarter vote at the FCC that reclassifies broadband under Title 1 and eliminates the net neutrality rules", Cowen analyst Paul Gallant said in a report. What's going on? Welcome to the Day of Action for net neutrality, an online protest against legal changes that could alter the internet forever.
He was elected as an Ashoka Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship in 2012, and has been named to the Time Magazine "Tech 40" as one of the most influential figures in technology, to the "Top 100" in Newsweek's Digital Power Index, and is a recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy. The vast majority of the nearly 4 million comments submitted during the 2014 fight were in favor of strong net neutrality regulation, which former FCC officials have said strongly influenced the agency's ultimate decision.