Web Protest Will Not Derail FCC From Reversing Obama Rules

  • Web Protest Will Not Derail FCC From Reversing Obama Rules

Web Protest Will Not Derail FCC From Reversing Obama Rules

In a nutshell, the FCC is looking to get rid of the protectings that keep the internet "open", such as things providers can do to slow down your internet, block certain sites or services, or worse.

What do protesters like Google and Amazon want? In spite of this, the company oddly said it's joining in the support for net neutrality during the Day of Action.

You can take part too - there are easy-to-use tools that will allow you to call lawmakers and submit a pro-Net Neutrality comment to the FCC.

"Today's open internet ensures that both new and established services, whether offered by an established internet company like Google, a broadband provider, or a small startup, have the same ability to reach users on an equal playing field", reads the post. In May, the FCC voted forward a net neutrality proposal drawn up by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee; his plan seeks to deregulate the industry and loosen government oversight on Internet service providers. Some popular internet services and sites, like Reddit, Kickstarter and Netflix, are calling attention to the matter with banners and pop-ups. The FCC, on a party-line vote, made a decision to impose a set of heavy-handed regulations upon the internet.

"Consumers should be able to use the internet on the device they want, using the apps and services they want, without their internet provider standing in the way", says Pelosi. While the FCC argues regulation hurts innovation, the organizers of the protest-which includes messages on participating websites-accuse the FCC of caving to "lobbyists from telecom companies in pursuit of more power".

As John Nichols writes today, the fight for net neutrality "is really the fight over the whole of the future", with ramifications for "personal communications, education, commerce, economic arrangements, and democracy itself".

Pai is a longtime critic of the 2015 "open internet" rules which he says came about because the FCC "succumbed to pressure from the White House". Vimeo's main display is an educational video on net neutrality.

The EFF has been an active participant in these protests whenever they have occurred before. In 2012, the United States considered a Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPS), and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

The result of this protest was considerable, with lobbying leading to two of PIPA's sponsors withdrawing their support for the bill, including a man who would later seek Presidential nomination from the Republican Party, Marco Rubio.

Net neutrality advocates are not amused.

"The Day of Action isn't created to educate consumers about sensible policies, rather its goal is to scare them into thinking their internet experience will somehow suddenly be degraded if the FCC restores light touch regulation".

The ultimate result of that protest?