Facebook and Google Join Net Neutrality "Day of Action"

Facebook and Google Join Net Neutrality

Facebook and Google Join Net Neutrality "Day of Action"

The protest, supported by big web companies including Facebook, Amazon and Snapchat, intends to draw attention to the issue just days before the open comment period on the proposed regulations ends.

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It's unclear how Facebook or Google plan to participate.

What will we see on these websites?

Will this slow down my Internet?

The fight for free and open internet access is heating up.

"Everybody deserves a fair shake on the Internet", he stresses.

The rules also ban internet providers from extracting payments from websites as a condition of having their content delivered to consumers' screens.

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He went on: "But two years ago, the federal government's approach suddenly changed". For instance, some smaller providers are supportive of the regulations. The announcement instantly sparked a backlash from Title II supporters, who believe that removing it would lead to big internet companies altering services to favor their affiliates and harm their competitors.

In the EU, net neutrality is protected under guidelines published in 2016 by the European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC).

Comcast is the nation's largest residential internet provider, with more than 23 million broadband subscribers. Increasingly, ISPs such as Verizon are buying up content companies like AOL and Yahoo, while others such as AT&T are moving decisively into television programming.

"The one thing all of them agree on [is] defending Title II net neutrality", the protest organizers' website says. On Monday, Civis Analytics released the results of a nationwide poll that showed Americans of all political parties (73 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of independents) overwhelmingly value the principles of Net Neutrality and want to maintain the existing open-internet rules. Other ISPs are expected to respond on social media.

"If they want to support the Title II protections that we have now, which prevent them from shaking down websites for extra fees as part of "paid prioritization" schemes, we'd be glad to have them as part of this protest", she said. "Instead of operating in economics-free zone where the benefits of the rules are assumed to outweigh any cost, commenters will need to provide evidence to support their arguments that the rules are or are not needed". The companies are taking part in Wednesday's Internet rally that opposes Pai's initiatives - although none of the companies would say exactly how they will do so.

This was "all about politics" said Mr Pai before arguing that the increased regulatory burden was reducing investment in broadband infrastructure.

So what is net neutrality?

"Title II is a source of authority to impose enforceable net neutrality rules". But that's the point AT&T is making: the company claims to support an "open Internet" even though it opposes the current FCC rules created to protect the open Internet. Then, the agency's commissioners will develop a final draft and vote on it, perhaps later this year or even beyond.

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