Web inventor urges support for net neutrality

Eloi Lecerf
Julho 12, 2017

More than 80,000 websites including giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Google, are taking part in an online protest on Wednesday against the US telecoms regulator's plan to roll back net neutrality rules. Among the companies taking part are Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Reddit, Netflix, Airbnb, and Spotify.

FCC's new chairman Ajit Pai first announced the proposal in April, saying that the Obama-era regulations have "put at risk online investment and innovation, threatening the very open internet it purported to preserve". (NASDAQ:NFLX) are joining in an online protest today against USA plans to limit net neutrality.

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She made a decision to publicly share her experience to let other women in her situation know, "You are not alone". I was constantly wishing that the feeling of being desperately lonely in my own body would dissipate", she wrote.

"The goal of the protest ... is to ensure that ordinary people have a voice and are heard by decision makers in Washington, D.C. No one - regardless of their political affiliation - wants their cable company to control what they can see and do on the Internet, or to charge extra fees to access the content they want". And once again, the public is being called upon to stand up and fight for freedom of speech.

The effort is led by numerous grassroots groups behind the largest online protests in history including the SOPA blackout and the Internet Slowdown. It's a grassroots effort involving dozens of volunteers working together in Slack channels, outreach spreadsheets, endless email chains, organizing in online communities and forums, and an enormous amount of creativity and digital elbow grease. Organizations participating include Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, Demand Progress, Center for Media Justice, EFF, Internet Association, Internet Archive, World Wide Web Foundation, Creative Commons, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Greenpeace, Common Cause, ACLU, Rock the Vote, American Library Association, Daily Kos, OpenMedia, The Nation, PCCC, MoveOn, OFA, Public Knowledge, OTI, Color of Change, MoveOn, Free Software Foundation, Internet Creators Guild, the Women's March, and many others.

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