Tech Companies Plan Net Neutrality ‘Day of Action’

Around 200 internet companies and activist groups are coming together this week to mobilize their users into opposing US government plans to scrap net neutrality protections.

The internet-wide day of action, scheduled for Wednesday July 12, will see companies including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Vimeo, Spotify, Reddit and Pornhub notify their users that net neutrality -- a founding principle of the open internet -- is under attack. This is because the Trump administration is trying to overturn Obama-era regulation that protected net neutrality and there is less than a week left for people to object.

Like when the internet came together in a blackout to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) in 2012, many websites will on Wednesday feature a prominent message on their homepage showing visitors what the web would look like without net neutrality and urging them to contact Congress. But what exactly is net neutrality, why is it under threat and what can individuals do to protect it?

What Is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) treat everyone's data equally, whether that's an email from your mother, a bank transfer, or a streamed episode of The Handmaid's Tale. It means that ISPs don't get to choose which data is sent more quickly and which sites get blocked or throttled (for example slowing the delivery of a TV show because it is streamed by a video company that competes with a subsidiary of the ISP) and who has to pay extra. For this reason some have described net neutrality as the "first amendment of the internet."

"Net neutrality is basically the principle that keeps the internet open. Without it big cable companies will be able to slow down certain websites and pick winners and losers on the internet," said Mark Stanley from Demand Progress, one...

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Tech Companies Plan Net Neutrality ‘Day of Action’

Around 200 internet companies and activist groups are coming together this week to mobilize their users into opposing US government plans to scrap net neutrality protections.

The internet-wide day of action, scheduled for Wednesday July 12, will see companies including Facebook, Google, Amazon, Vimeo, Spotify, Reddit and Pornhub notify their users that net neutrality -- a founding principle of the open internet -- is under attack. This is because the Trump administration is trying to overturn Obama-era regulation that protected net neutrality and there is less than a week left for people to object.

Like when the internet came together in a blackout to protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) in 2012, many websites will on Wednesday feature a prominent message on their homepage showing visitors what the web would look like without net neutrality and urging them to contact Congress. But what exactly is net neutrality, why is it under threat and what can individuals do to protect it?

What Is Net Neutrality?

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) treat everyone's data equally, whether that's an email from your mother, a bank transfer, or a streamed episode of The Handmaid's Tale. It means that ISPs don't get to choose which data is sent more quickly and which sites get blocked or throttled (for example slowing the delivery of a TV show because it is streamed by a video company that competes with a subsidiary of the ISP) and who has to pay extra. For this reason some have described net neutrality as the "first amendment of the internet."

"Net neutrality is basically the principle that keeps the internet open. Without it big cable companies will be able to slow down certain websites and pick winners and losers on the internet," said Mark Stanley from Demand Progress, one...

Comments are closed.