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Tech firms protest proposed changes to United States net neutrality rules

Tech firms protest proposed changes to United States net neutrality rules

Senator Edward Markey said the Internet "is under attack". Which in layman's terms means "open internet" or "equal internet". "But that's exactly the point", Quinn wrote. "It is critical that cities from across the country fight back against this action and stand up for an equitable, open internet".

Quinn added that "no company should be allowed to block content or throttle the download speeds of content in a discriminatory manner".

"So, we are joining this effort because it's consistent with AT&T's proud history of championing our customers' right to an open internet and access to the internet content, applications, and devices of their choosing".

The net neutrality rules that restrict this conduct have been in place since 2015.

Supporters of net neutrality say that the regulations ensure a free and open internet and prevents ISPs from discriminating against websites by either slowing down broadband speeds or denying access altogether.

Title II was created in the 1930s to regulate the Ma Bell telephone monopoly. The world we live in now is. strange, to be sure, but it's more closely knit and more prosperous because we've found meaningful new ways to connect with each other.

The rules also ban internet providers from extracting payments from websites as a condition of having their content delivered to consumers' screens.

In 2015, AT&T filed a lawsuit against the FCC, arguing their decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers was unconstitutional. Google Tweeted a link to a blog post. Unsurprisingly, telecom giants like AT&T and Verizon (which came to own Engadget through a freakish twist of capitalist fate) claim support for the open internet but disapprove of the Title II classification.

So if you've been on Reddit today, you've probably seen a message alerting you to the net neutrality debate.

Some of the world's biggest tech companies joined forces with 80,000 websites in support of the "Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality". The important things to keep in mind is that the fight for net neutrality might not ever end, and that we need to stay vigilant.

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.

Internet provider AT&T Inc also joined the big protest even though the wireless giant in the past has disagreed with staunch net neutrality advocates over how to enforce it. After comedian Stephen Colbert made a vulgar joke at Donald Trump's expense, Pai announced that the FCC would investigate the comedian. This would let the cable and phone companies slow down any site they don't like or that won't pay extra.

Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, uploaded a nine-hour video with a narrator reading more than 40,000 pro-net neutrality messages the company has received, in a soothing voice. Costs go up to provide fast enough access (where Sony or Microsoft pay for the quicker lanes) to the gigs of data required for a modern game, and those costs get passed on to consumers and possibly publishers; one more knock against a model that platform holders are already somewhat trepidatious about.

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