Internet Slowdown Protest Planned to Support Net Neutrality

Kachina Shaw
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As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) evaluates some million-plus comments and questions from U.S. citizens on the issue of net neutrality, an online protest is planned.

On September 10, organizers hope that as many websites as possible will participate in the protest by displaying a symbolic “site loading” icon on their home pages, in order to “remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers,” according to Battleforthenet.com.

Displaying the icon won’t actually slow the sites, but will alert visitors to the importance of the issue and pushing back against the possibility of a “two-tier” system, in which higher speeds would be available only to those who paid extra for them. Push notifications for application owners, icons for Twitter photo replacement and other images are also available in support of the cause. NewsFactor and other sites report that major sites Reddit, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Wordpress and Foursquare have committed to participating in the protest.

The FCC’s open comment period on net neutrality, or “2014 Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” and “Framework for Broadband Internet Access Service Refreshing the Record Public Notice,” has been extended to September 15.

Evan Greer, campaign manager at Fight for the Future, one of the organizations advocating for an open Internet, told NewsFactor that the ultimate goal is for the FCC to reclassify broadband as a utility, “Reclassification is the only true path to meaningful net neutrality.”

And Mashable checked out other reclassification supporters, including the “Don’t Break the Internet” campaign, that are very active in the run-up to the end of the public comment period.

Kachina Shaw is managing editor for IT Business Edge and has been writing and editing about IT and the business for 15 years. She writes about IT careers, management, technology trends and managing risk. Follow Kachina on Twitter @Kachina and on Google+


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Sep 7, 2014 2:45 AM TOPDOG TOPDOG  says:
Any student of history has read of how the great library of ancient Egypt was sacked and burned. The works of Archimedes, Plato and most of the great minds. One of a king writings...all burned by religious fanatics. The Germans burning the books of the Jews . You get the picture. They are doing the same thing to the internet. Please do not stand by and allow them to get away with it again. Get the sold out government and the corporation politicians away from any internet control. The greatest repository of knowledge in human history. Make them keep their greedy hands off. Reply
Sep 10, 2014 4:06 PM Bruce Bruce  says:
Too LATE! Since the corporate supine court ruling last year; the telecoms have ALREADY FCCed US 2 tiers (speed at about half last year's)! Reply
Sep 10, 2014 7:07 PM Bruce Bruce  says:
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