AT&T joins net neutrality protest-despite suing to block neutrality rules

Open Letter - Internet Creators Guild

Snap Inc., the parent of Snapchat, is just the latest tech company to throw its public support behind the open internet in a statement sent to Mashable.

Have there been net neutrality protests before?

However, all of those companies state that they are supporters of net neutrality and that the protest movement is mistaken in its opposition to the FCC's plans.

Fight for the Future, an organization behind Net Neutrality Day, says almost 70,000 people, organizations, online forums, startups, and other groups are participating in the event on Wednesday. Both have been working hard to broaden their lobbying focus under the Trump administration, and both have been more than happy to sacrifice some integrity (and the health of the internet) in the process.

So far, more than five million comments have been submitted to the FCC's website over the new rules proposed by the new FCC head Ajit Pai.

This was "all about politics" said Mr Pai before arguing that the increased regulatory burden was reducing investment in broadband infrastructure. While AT&T is on board with basic rules against blocking and throttling of websites and online services, the company sued the FCC in 2015 to reverse the FCC's reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

Users will also run across a number of advertisements that will take the place of standard ads and display a message encouraging visitors to take action to help save net neutrality.




"Net neutrality" refers to the principle that internet service providers should offer consumers equal speeds for all sites and services - rather than (for instance) slowing down one video service, and speeding another up.

"Wednesday's Day of Action is only the beginning of a massive pushback against the effort to remove essential net neutrality protections".

"Internet providers should not be able to charge content creators - like Netflix, Hulu or CNET - more money to stream their service, or have the ability to block others entirely", said Dane Jasper, chief executive of the California-based internet provider Sonic.

Other companies participating include OK Cupid, Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla, Vimeo, Y Combinator, GitHub, Private Internet Access, Pantheon, Bittorrent Inc., Shapeways, Nextdoor, Patreon, Dreamhost, and CREDO Mobile, Goldenfrog, Fark, Chess.com, Imgur, Namecheap, DuckDuckGo, Checkout.com, Sonic, Brave, Ting, ProtonMail, O'Reilly Media, Discourse and Union Square Ventures. "Getting rid of Title II does not mean that we are repealing net neutrality protections for American consumers".

In order to encourage internet users to speak out against the proposed change, internet companies will sounding the alarm about the importance of net neutrality. "The goal of this day of action is to make them listen".

"AT&T are lying when they say they support net neutrality, while actively opposing it", Fight for the Future Campaign Director Evan Greer told Ars today.

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