Most Americans Back Net Neutrality Rules FCC Doesn't Want

Friday, 14 Jul, 2017

The two tech giants have yet to explain what specific actions they will take, but we should, at the very least, expect banners or other messages urging visitors to oppose the FCC's plans.

On Wednesday, some of the internet's biggest and most popular companies will sound the alarm and rally the troops of internet users against USA government plans to roll back net neutrality rules. Tomorrow during the day of action, you'll be getting prompts to send comments to the FCC so that they keep the current Net Neutrality ruling.

"It is critical to the rulemaking and regulatory process that the public be able to take part without unnecessary technical or administrative burden", they wrote. On the other hand, companies like AT&T are also joining in to support net neutrality ... by spreading misinformation to promote the idea that what's best for them and ISPs like them is good for net neutrality and the rest of us. Organizers include advocacy groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Free Press - some of the same activists who organized online campaigns to push the Obama-era FCC toward strict net neutrality regulations and, years earlier, the epic blackout to boycott anti-piracy bills known as SOPA and PIPA.

Netflix, Twitter, Reddit, and Spotify are just some of the biggest names in a massive roster of brands speaking up for net neutrality.

"The internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet, It's simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field".

More than 80,000 people, sites, and organizations have signed on to the effort overall, and more announcements from major companies are expected in the coming days.

Initial comments on Pai's net-neutrality rule proposal are due July 14.

MapLight analysis of federal lobbying disclosure filings from the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives for clients that report lobbying activity on net neutrality, as retrieved on July 3, 2017. For anyone who can't afford the toll, the extra charge would pose a threat to free speech. The startup is adding a feature to its app Wednesday that points people toward an online petition in favor of net neutrality.

This concept of treating all web content equally is commonly called net neutrality. "We see this as a broader fight, a grassroots movement we're building to show that the Internet as an institution has its own political power", she said. Maria Cantwell and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, both Democrats, fielded questions from residents, almost all of them concerned about how the rule change would affect their access to the internet.

In the past, mass online days of action have stopped unpopular cyber legislation in Congress and rallied support for net neutrality that the Obama administration could not ignore. With the 2015 Open Internet Order, Internet users secured the strongest legal foundation for net neutrality possible.

"Title II is a source of authority to impose enforceable net neutrality rules", said David Cohen, the senior executive vice president of Comcast.

"Unfortunately, in 2015, then-FCC Chairman [Tom] Wheeler abandoned this carefully crafted framework and instead chose to subject broadband service to an 80-year-old law created to set rates in the rotary-dial-telephone era", Quinn wrote. Do you think a day of action will have any effect?

"This may seem like an anomaly to many people who might question why AT&T is joining with those who have differing viewpoints on how to ensure an open and free internet", AT&T's top lobbyist, Bob Quinn, said in a blog post on Tuesday.