Michael Stipe, Tom Morello, Graham Nash and Alyssa Milano are among the 150 musicians, actors and artists who penned an open letter to Congress asking that the government stop the Federal Communication Commission's upcoming vote to end net neutrality.
Ahead of next week's FCC vote on a rollback of net neutrality protections, activist groups have planned protests at Verizon stores tomorrow. Meanwhile, Republicans claim the move will "restore Internet freedom". This would allow them to speed up or slow down certain content on the internet at their will.
Net Neutrality was created by the FCC to allow you to access pretty much anything on the World Wide Web.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr prepare to testify before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee during their confirmation hearing in July. "This is a bipartisan issue, and all consumers will be affected!"
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If you disagree with regulating the internet like a utility, try starting and thriving as a small, local business in late 2017 without fair internet access. Pai is implying that if consumers know which companies won't offer certain services, they can simply sign up with another ISP that has all the services they desire. Internet service providers, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, must treat all data on the Internet the same.
He added that at least one million more comments came from real people whose identities were stolen. This dramatic change to government policy is predicted to have dire consequences for freedom of information and equal access to the internet both in the United States and overseas.
The rules prevent phone and cable companies from favoring certain websites and apps and give the FCC more oversight over privacy and the activities of telecom companies. It just doesn't make sense. The FCC will vote to roll back net neutrality December 14.
The internet is known today as a primary destination to attain an endless supply of information. Making it more hard to find unfiltered, unbiased information appears to be a move that would benefit large ISPs and the government a lot more that it would consumers.