Join Tech Titans to Save Net Neutrality

first_img Democrats Won’t Stop Fighting for Net NeutralityBurger King Fries FCC in ‘Whopper Neutrality’ Ad Stay on target Happy Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality!Today’s event, organized by Fight for the Future, is a response to plans by the FCC to curb a free and open Internet.In 2015, President Obama led the reclassification of broadband as a telecom service under “Title II” of the Communications Act, rather than an information service.But the new Republican administration is, once again, regressing to previous policies, which enable companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to introduce “slow lanes” and force users to pay more for access to specific sites.Which is why it came as a huge surprise when AT&T announced plans to join the Day of Action, with one major caveat: It doesn’t actually support the FCC’s current rules—specifically the Title II reclassification.Fellow conglomerates Comcast and Verizon second that, saying that while approving of “strong, legally enforceable net neutrality protections,” they advocate for the reversal of the Title II designation.In the other corner, however, stand a number of organizations and activists—including titans Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix—fighting for your right to party on the Internet.The list of participants reads like a who’s who of the Web: Etsy, Kickstarter, Twitter, Vimeo, GitHub, Internet Association, Reddit, Y Combinator, Mozilla, Pornhub, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Airbnb, BitTorrent, BoingBoing, Change.org, Code Academy, Creative Commons, Dropbox, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Foursquare, iFixit, Imgur, Medium, Opera, Pinterest, Sonos, Spotify, ThinkGeek, Tumblr (a surprise, since the Yahoo-owned network is owned by Verizon), and Yelp.And that’s just a few of the partners listed on Fight for the Future’s website.Today’s protest, which comes five days before the first public comment deadline on the FCC’s proposal, is a concerted effort to stop Internet service providers (ISPs) and the government from regulating the Web.To join the Day of Action, sign up online with your full name and email address.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more