"Sorry, we're stuck in the slow lane".
"Wednesday's day of action is only the beginning of a massive pushback against the effort to remove essential net neutrality protections", said Chris Lewis, vice president at digital consumer rights group Public Knowledge by email Monday.
The online activism is reminiscent of the techniques that major websites used in 2012 to stop legislation in Congress aimed at preventing online piracy.
Vimeo, for example, plans to show users who visit its site a pop up video with an explanation of its arguments on net neutrality before prompting its users to file comments to the FCC in support of the regulations.
Almost 4 million public comments helped usher in net neutrality in 2015, guaranteeing consumers equal access to the Internet. The rules, adopted in 2015, generally require telecommunications companies that provide online access, such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp., to treat all internet traffic the same and not slow or block some sites.
The FCC wants to repeal its own rules that were passed two years ago?
Yes. Opponents don't like the idea of putting the federal government at the center of the internet when, as Pai has said, "nothing is broken".
"This is a massive grassroots mobilization", Greer said.
"The FCC's plan to dismantle net neutrality will unfairly pad the bottom lines of Comcast and the rest of Big Cable, while undermining the public's ability to freely communicate, organize, and innovate", said Mark Stanley, communications director, Demand Progress, one of the cosponsoring organizations, in a statement. One of the telecom sector's trade groups, Broadband for America, also purchased ads in Washington, D.C., calling on federal lawmakers to proffer new open internet rules. Obviously the big U.S. cable companies don't provide your internet. The FCC lacks the direct authority to regulate Title I "information services".
Recently IPO-ed Snap Inc., parent company of Snapchat, is the latest tech giant to join the fight for net neutrality, according to Mashable. 77% of Americans are in favor of helping the FCC's current Net Neutrality rules, and while the FCC opposes said ruling by wanting to instate by removing the net neutrality protection we have, all in the name of "Restoring the Internet Freedom". Find out more on our YouTube channel. Republicans control both the House and the Senate, and Pai is a long time critic of net neutrality. Ultimately, that could skew the app's results and decrease the company's reliability with customers.
But lawmakers aren't running the net neutrality proceeding as Pai heads toward a vote possibly later this year at the FCC. It is now expected to pass, with two of the three commissioners in favor.
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. 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. Lobbying totals represent money paid by an organization to each lobbying firm for services on all issues, not just net neutrality. "The Internet has given more people a voice than ever before, and that transformative power is worth fighting for, July 12 we will come together to defend the future of free speech". "Title II is not net neutrality".