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Don't let your internet connection slow down to the speed of a snail. join the #battleforthenet.

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Don "t let your Internet slow down a bit. Join the #BattleForTheNet. Originally posted by Liz McIntyre on T New President Ajit Pai of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to overturn Net Neutrality rules which act as the First Amendment to the Internet , guaranteeing equal access and equal opportunities for all. Rolling back net neutrality would be a threat the internet we love and the foundations of a free society. In a world without Net Neutrality, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon could call the spotlight. They could set up fast and slow internet lanes, favor some websites over others, and even censor the net by denying customers access to websites. that do not correspond to the worldview of companies or that do not benefit their results. I know what some of you are thinking. You can get a VPN to bypass abusive ISP restrictions. Maybe. Maybe not. In a world without Net Neutrality, your ISP can block your VPN , slow down your VPN speed, or force you to use your own VPN product. Would they dare? Comcast did it . We already have clues as to how a rollback of net neutrality might negatively affectthe privacy of consumers. Remember when AT&T tried to charge broadband customers in Texas extra to opt out of tracking? This idea was entrenched after consumer protests and scrutiny by government watchdogs, but AT&T is already dreaming of its resurrection . Can you think of any bullies who would love that kind of power? FCC privacy protections have already been fixed. Rolling back net neutrality would allow ISPs to continue their dominance over Internet at our peril. The President of the FCC sells to consumers on a "deregulated Internet" by touting all the incredible progress it could bring. (Progress at the expense of consumers, of course.) He also tries to allay concerns by calling on ISPs to practice voluntary net neutrality. “Voluntary" might work for the short term, but we would be foolish to trust companies that have such a difficult past. After all, the big ISPs have shown their willingness to take morality by trampling on "Do Not Track" volunteering. For example, Verizon not only ignored "Do not track " requests, it also used to injectpersistent headers in its customers" browsers (essentially zombie cookies) that also allowed third-party advertisers to track their customers. Verizon stopped the shenanigans after being caught, but was reportedly ready to resume practice. For more information, click here . There is no doubt that the decline in net neutrality would be the perfect excuse for ISPs to resume anti-consumer practices. Why not? It "s not clear that an agency would have the teeth to keep ISPs honest in a post-net neutrality world . Let"s keep ISPs honest. The main The reason why ISPs do not behaveso bad today is because they are currently treated as US Title II common carriers, like landline services. Title II regulations prohibit businesses from arbitrarily denying service to consumers or discriminating to favor certain customers over others. But all bets are off if Internet access is reclassified as a Title I information service as Pai offers. Your internet could slow down when crawled, and your favorite websites could be buffered. Companies with significant financial resources might pay extra for shelf processing and higher head rotation speeds, not to mention privileged customer access. This kind of speed and access discrimination could block startups and reduce competition. It could also serve as de facto censorship so that ideas that displease the new rulers of the Internet universe are marginalized and forgotten. On July 12, the Internet mobilized to stop the seizure of power. Internet users and conscientious companies like Netflix , Medium , StartPage .com , Brave , Vivaldi , BestVPN , iFixit and organizations like Fight for the Future , Progression de demand , Free press , Access now , PrivacyToolsIO , on ACLU , EFF and many more united in a" Day of action to save Net neutrality ". We demanded a level playing field on the Internet where mom-and-pop stores and startups can compete with Fortune500companies and other potential brokers. We have championed an Internet where all voices can be heard and judged by all of us rather than competent business leaders and politicians seeking to quell dissent. The popular campaign was a great success: Over 5 million emails were sent to Congress Well over 10 million people saw the protest messages on participating websites The #NetNeutrality hashtag trending on Facebook and Twitter Over 125,000 websites, people, artistes, online creators and organizations signed up to participate in the initial call to protest Awareness was taken to the next level with celebrities flocking to support the effort, including Pearl Jam, Wil Wheaton Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Blues Traveler, Steven Fry, Mark Ruffalo, Laura Jane Grace, Kendrick Sampson, Amanda Palmer, Ted Leo, Samantha Bee and many more. There was a large turnout from all corners of the Internet, from online gaming communities and librarians to real estate sites, grassroots organizations and independent musicians. Fight for the Future noted that the volume of participation was so high that the FCC had to "limit the rate " of comments in its file, the queuing for submission by the first deadline of July 17th. The same goes for adre comments.ssed to members of Congress, who had to be delivered over several days due to sheer numbers. Organizers were delighted with early estimates that more than 2 million comments were sent to the FCC (nearly tripling the record for "Internet slowdown" from September 2014 mostly in one day). But that number exploded during the "response comment period" that was scheduled to end on August 16. Due to public pressure, the FCC has been forced to extend this comment period until August 30. As of this writing, there is still a week to go and already 20 million comments have been posted. The activists are raising the bar. Citizens have made it clear that they will not cede the Internet to corporate interests, but FCC Chairman Agit Pai appears determined to ignore the public outcry. In response, activists havestarted to put pressure on members of the US Congress by posting a online dashboard to inform citizens of the positions of their representatives on Net neutrality, by organizing face-to-face meetings with representatives , and even erect notice boards shaming those who support Pai"s plan to cancel network neutrality protections. Here is the more. The next FCC public meeting is scheduled for September 28, and activists believe the Commission will announce their final vote on repealing neutrality du Net will take place in October at the next public meeting. We hope that by the time of the final vote, the political pressure will be so great that Pai and the FCC will have to give in. But even if they don"t, look for activists to continue the fight and a series of lawsuits to follow. Together we will repel the attempts to steal the freedom and Note:" Aderived from this work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. Copyrights may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible. " ___________________________________________________________ Image credits: siiixth /, georgepontinojr /, rogistok / BigStock .com, Fight for the "future