Facebook,Google and TechGenez will participate in July 12th big net neutrality protest that will be taking place in USA.If you are in US, expect your internet connection to slow down on July 12th. This is what Battle for the Net is declaring on their website in response to Ajit Pai’s proposal of reversing Title II. Title II is a section in the Communications Act that ensures the government monitors all ISPs.July 12th has been declared a “day of action”.
But taking that away would mean internet providers could block or slow down whatever websites they choose. This could potentially cause a lot of websites to lose traffic and revenue, and it changes the freedom of the internet. As a protest, websites are going to slow down their loading time to demonstrate what it would be like if we reverse Title II.
According to BBC, This week some of the Internet’s most popular websites will look quite different, as they participate in a day of action on Wednesday 12 July to oppose changes to US rules which govern net neutrality.
Sites such as Netflix and Amazon are joining with civil liberty groups in a co-ordinated protest, and activists are already sharing viral content on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook in preparation. So why all the outcry – and who’s behind the social media campaign?
What is Net Neutrality?
Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.
The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003, as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier, which was used to describe the role of telephone systems.A widely-cited example of a violation of net neutrality principles was when the Internet service provider Comcast was secretly slowing (a.k.a. “throttling”) uploads from peer-to-peer file sharing (P2P) applications by using forged packets.
Track Records of Net Neutrality
In 2004, The Madison River Communications company was fined $15,000 by the FCC for restricting their customer’s access to Vonage which was rivaling their own services.AT&T was also caught limiting access to FaceTime, so only those users who paid for the new shared data plans could access the application.
In April 2017, an attempt to compromise net neutrality in the United States is being considered by the newly appointed FCC chairman, Ajit Varadaraj Pai.On May 16, 2017 a process to roll back Open Internet rules, in place since 2015 began. This rule making process includes a public comment period that lasts sixty days: thirty days for public comment and thirty days for the FCC to respond.
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