FANG Throw Support Behind Net Neutrality

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The amount represents more than $100 for each of the 5.6 million public comments on the FCC's proposed elimination of net neutrality rules.

USTelecom, an industry association, said that while it opposes the FCC's implementation of net neutrality, it is supportive of the concept in principle.

In the EU, net neutrality is protected under guidelines published in 2016 by the European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). But he explained that was the point, because like the other companies and groups participating in the online protest, AT&T agrees that the internet should remain open and free and that no company should be allowed to block content or slow down access of content in a "discriminatory manner".

The NHMC says it filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act for consumer complaints about the open internet since the net neutrality rules went into place in 2015. Both have been working hard to broaden their lobbying focus under the Trump administration, and both have been more than happy to sacrifice some integrity (and the health of the internet) in the process.

In his post, Quinn calls on Congress to enact new net neutrality rules, rather than leaving rule-making to the FCC. "It is essential that we maintain an Internet that rewards innovation, allows new businesses the opportunity to succeed, and grows our economy".

AT&T says it's joining the mass online protest Wednesday to support net neutrality. The rules prevent internet service providers like Comcast from blocking websites, throttling connection speeds, and accepting paid-prioritization deals.

Services in Europe shouldn't be badly affected - Metro has reached out to companies to see whether speeds will be hit here, but it's likely to be the USA which sees the biggest impact. Participants will display prominent messages on their websites on July 12 or encourage users to take action using push notifications, videos, social media, and email outreach.

You can read the announcement for the day of action here. Being organised by advocacy groups Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Demand Progress, the "Day of Action" has already received support from Amazon, Netflix and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), among others.

Many activists claim that if it's abandoned, it could change the internet as we know it - and pave the way for ISPs to charge for content, or censor sites they don't like.

"A threat to net neutrality is a threat to the free exchange of ideas that creative culture and an informed public rely upon", said Michal Rosenn, General Counsel at Kickstarter.

How are internet providers responding to the day of action?

What Is Definition Of Net Neutrality?

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The fight for a neutral internet has serious consequences for the future of streaming video. There's a possibility that suit may reach the U.S. Supreme Court, but the FCC has a chance before then to repeal the net neutrality rules.

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