Today, major websites and social media platforms are joining together in a massive demonstration in hopes of preserving net neutrality by stopping the FCC from dismantling the Open Internet Order – a set of regulations allowing people to freely access and interact with information online, and protecting them from potential discriminatory practices by internet service providers (ISPs).
In June, FCC chairperson Ajit Pai shared his intentions to get rid of the 2015 net neutrality regulations. Pai released his proposal on November 21. The FCC will vote on December 14. Then it will be up to Congress to follow with a legislative fix.
Without net neutrality, internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be allowed to arbitrarily speed up, slow down or block content, applications or websites you want to use and raise prices for internet use.
Don't want to see this sign when you try logging on to the internet next? Now is the time to make a loud noise.. #BreakTheInternet #SaveNetNeutrality #SaveTheInternet #FreedomOfSpeech #NetNeutrality pic.twitter.com/rpt3DtxTQe
— Koa Mirai 🌿 (@apeculture) December 10, 2017
According to GitHub:
A slower, more expensive internet isn’t just inconvenient, it shuts down opportunities for developers to innovate, ship software, and advance their careers. Here’s how Commissioner Clyburn puts it in her fact sheet.
The consequences of losing net neutrality would be especially devastating for media outlets, people of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities who rely heavily on an open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities and information and fight back against discrimination.
There are many ways you can join in and help fight the fight to save net neutrality: