Local protest planned for pending FCC vote on net neutrality


In perhaps the simplest of terms, net neutrality is described by Allison Shapiro in an article posted on the Daily-Journal's website as "the idea that internet service providers - the largest are Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Charter - must treat all websites equally". Without some unexpected change, the principle of an equal internet is likely in its final days.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, has been a proponent of keeping the current net-neutrality rules.

This is not the first time issues related to net neutrality have arisen. While many of these comments were spam or came from form letters, 98.5 percent of the unique comments were opposed to the agencies new bill. "By fighting for net neutrality, you fight for the future of art". If you have to rely on e-commerce, which numerous studies show businesses increasingly are, it's hard to sell your product when your website speed is throttled down. Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook have all made strong statements on the serious dangers of the FCC's upcoming ruling, and an open letter from "more than 1,000 startups, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurial support organizations from all 50 states" has been sent to the FCC requesting that they protect net neutrality.

Schneiderman pointed to a study paid for by an industry group that represents Internet service providers called Broadband for America, which he says has acknowledged that as many as eight million comments submitted to the FCC may have been fake.

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In anticipation of the net neutrality vote, Reddit users took over the site's homepage, displaying information of members of Congress who took money from anti-net neutrality lobbyists, including Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who sold "fellow Wisconsinites, and this nation to the telecom lobby for the prices of $123,652", one Reddit user wrote.

Those who support the rule predict exactly the opposite will happen. "I am outraged that our republican democracy is failing at correctly representing the people's interests at the behest of big business", said freshman finance major Matthew Low.

Pai's proposal will not reduce the regulation of the Obama administration over internet service providers (ISPs) and broadband providers. The move could very well turn the internet we know and love upside down.