More Than 80000 Websites And Users Join Forces To Save Net Neutrality

Internet Day of Action Why Net Neutrality Must Survive

The telecommunications giant joins Facebook, Google, YouTube, Netflix and Amazon - among many other companies - supporting the day of action rally on the 12th.

"They want to do what's right for the telecom companies".

That being said, there is a distinct lack of competition, especially in rural areas.

But the protests appeared to be causing little real disruption Wednesday. Its main search page made no mention of the protest, however, and featured a Doodle honoring the late Japanese artist and costume designer Eiko Ishioka, whose birthday is July 12. Oregon's Senator Ron Wyden is a vocal supporter of net neutrality.

The FCC's first comment deadline on the topic is July 17.

"What we want the FCC to hear, and we want members of Congress to hear, is that net neutrality is wildly popular, which it is, and we want them to stop trying to murder it", said Sean Vitka, a lawyer for pro-net neutrality groups Demand Progress and Fight for the Future.

"Knowing that the arc of success is bent in our favor and we are on the right side of history, I remain committed to doing everything I can to protect the most empowering and inclusive platform of our time". He said he understands that many people are passionate about the issue but said his focus is to have as civil a discussion as possible.

The list of sites and apps participating has grown so quickly it's nearly impossible to keep up, but participants include Automattic (Wordpress), eBay, Rosetta Stone, Pinterest, Amazon, Mozilla, Netflix, Etsy, Kickstarter, Soundcloud, Dropbox, Spotify, Redfin, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Medium, Y Combinator, GitHub, Pantheon, Opera, Bittorrent Inc., Shapeways, Nextdoor, Stack Overflow, Funny Or Die, Dreamhost, and CREDO Mobile, Goldenfrog, Fark, Chess.com, Namecheap, DuckDuckGo, Checkout.com, Sonic, Ting, ProtonMail, O'Reilly Media, SlashDot, Dribble, Dischord, SourceForge, and Union Square Ventures. Rather than keeping the current rules in place, Quinn suggested that Congress should pass bipartisan legislation to "provide the clear statutory authority that guarantees an open internet for all consumers".

With some of the most trafficked websites in the United States participating, politicians raised concerns over whether the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System can withstand a flood of comments - or a cyberattack.

Aides to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) and others attended the meeting, according to one person familiar with the matter.

Internet companies big and small banded together on Wednesday for an online protest to preserve net neutrality.

"Net neutrality has serious implications for the adult entertainment industry, particularly the online porn industry", said Price in a statement.

Reddit visitors had to sit and wait for a slow message about the importance of net neutrality to appear, mimicking the possibility of slowed down content. Mozilla's Firefox browser opened to a grayed out landing page and link to the FCC. "We know that we depended on a level playing field to get Kickstarter up and running to become the company we are today".

MCEVERS: So what FCC rules would be going away? The move, which critics charge will fundamentally undermine consumer privacy in the USA, overturned rules drawn up by the FCC that would have given people more control over their personal data.

The Day of Action fell on the 96th anniversary of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin's release of the Report on the Tactics of the Revolutionary Communist Party.

But other firms sounded frustrated by the protests. They have vast Internet reach.

The Trump administration is siding with the FCC.

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