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Internet Slowdown Day Is a 'Symbolic' Net Neutrality Protest

By    |   Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 01:18 PM

Supporters of so-called net neutrality are participating in Internet Slowdown Day on Wednesday in a bid to draw attention to the FCC's ongoing rulemaking for Internet service providers (ISPs) like Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

According to PC World, the public comment period for the rules ends on Sept. 15, and the campaign urges U.S. citizens to enter a formal comment in favor of net neutrality.

That means that websites like Netflix, Reddit, Etsy, Mozilla, and Foursquare will be adding visual elements to their websites that mimic "loading" symbols like spinning wheels. The Washington Post wrote that they will not actually slow down their sites, but hope the symbols will raise awareness about the "slow lanes" they say could be created by certain rule changes for ISPs.

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"Cable companies want to slow down (and break!) your favorite sites, for profit," wrote Battle For The Net, a net-neutrality advocate, according to USA Today. "To fight back, let's cover the web with symbolic 'loading' icons, to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like."

The FCC is currently mulling whether or not ISPs should be allowed to charge companies for access to a priority-access "fast lane" connection to its customers.

Net neutrality advocates want ISPs to be required to treat all Internet traffic the same, no matter the size of the website, as they currently do. By creating a fast lane that larger, more profitable companies pay to access, sites not paying will be relegated to a de facto slow lane.

According to CNN, others argue that Internet providers are private businesses, and have a right to charge sites they do business with. Netflix, for example, takes up roughly a third of all broadband data, and ISPs that deliver their data to customers say it should help foot the bill.

Many advocates of deregulating the ISPs in this regard say that by introducing marketplace competition to data delivery, ISPs will be forced to compete and innovate against one another, which will drive-up Internet speeds overall.

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Supporters of so-called net neutrality are participating in Internet Slowdown Day on Wednesday in a bid to draw attention to the FCC's ongoing rulemaking for internet service providers (ISPs) like Time Warner Cable and Comcast.
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