"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. This keeps providers from giving preferential treatment to the highest bidder, while leaving small websites in the dust.
OR businesses and politicians have been in the forefront of the fight for net neutrality since the 1990s, when cable companies began investing heavily in high-speed "broadband" communications.
Netflix has also joined the protest, even after its CEO questioned how much it still cared about net neutrality now that it's powerful enough to make its own deals with major ISPs. (NFLX) and Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOGL) Google are joining an online "day of action" to rally support for net neutrality. In the Roaring Fork Valley, Comcast dominates the market on broadband internet, so residents could effectively be cut off from local websites that are not part of the top-tier options for internet speeds.
Do you think a day of action will have any effect? The deadline for comments on Pai's rules is Monday, July 17.
Unfortunately, the FCC's current plan to roll-back the 2015 Open Internet Order directly attacks these liberties, and gives ISPs new top-down controls over how our creations are distributed. The Internet is not a resource that should be touched by anyone and everyone deserves to have an open voice. Known as the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality on July 12, this protest will draw attention to the potential impact that loosening internet regulations will have on consumers.
In the Seattle area, Amazon, Redfin, Avvo, the city of Seattle and several other organizations have signed up to participate in the day of action.
But in comments filed in response to the FCC's open internet rulemaking in 2014, it was Verizon Communications Inc. who claimed First Amendment rights against utility-like regulation through classification under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 as a "common carrier".
The FCC's decision, slated to be announced later this summer, will be a clear indicator of the power of corporate cash in a Trump administration.
Sonic, a Santa Rosa Internet service provider which serves the Bay Area and Los Angeles, will distribute buttons at a BART station in San Francisco. YELP, +2.95% and organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Writers Guild of America will join forces to participate in a day of action on Wednesday defending net neutrality rules. The current net neutrality rules are working, they are popular, and they have been upheld in court challenges not once but twice. Net neutrality is a simple principle that ISPs undertake to enable internet users to get access to every website on the domain without any filters or blockages.
Battle for the Net's diverse coalition encompasses a wide variety of organizations, companies and content providers anxious about the elimination of rules that at present prevent ISPs from playing favorites in delivering content.
On Wednesday, Democratic senators Ron Wyden, of OR, and Brian Schatz, of Hawaii asked the FCC to ensure that their computer system would be capable of handling the surge of negative comments that they would receive about the roll back of these rules. Both companies are proponents of freedom being granted to the public for the accessibility of sites and information sources people find useful.