All across the internet today, major companies are rallying in support for net neutrality.Today is marked as a “Day of Action” across the internet. The Day of Action has several major organizations participating in a wide-scale online protest against the current plans to eliminate Net Neutrality measures from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States.The current rules regarding Net Neutrality were passed in the U.S in 2015. They prevent broadband companies from favoring their own content over a competitor’s service, as well as preventing said companies from charging fees for faster internet service. The elimination of Net Neutrality regulations would effectively give the cable companies more control over what people can see and do online.The Obama administration, which penned the current rules on Net Neutrality, changed the classification of broadband, effectively protecting it as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This means that broadband providers cannot block or slow down traffic on wired and wireless networks, nor can ISP’s offer “paid priority services” that could allow them to charge content companies such as Netflix, access to faster connections.The current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently introduced a proposal that would remove the classification, in… Read full this story
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