26 February is Internet Slowdown Day organised by Battle for the Net to show how the Internet would look (below) if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer fast lanes to higher paying customers.
If the FCC declares the Internet a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act, the real net-neutrality protections could hold up in court. On 26 February, the FCC is going to vote on the stringent net-neutrality rules to bar ISPs from blocking websites, slowing down traffic, or striking any pay-for-priority deals eventually classifying Internet service under Title II.
“I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. My proposal assures the rights of Internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote in an op-ed for Wired.
If the proposed FCC rules fail to get enough votes and the ISPs have their way, it would break net neutrality as the Internet would then be divided into a fast and a slow lane. Battle for the Net says that net neutrality is impossible when wealthy companies pay ISPs to deliver their content more quickly on Internet fast lanes.
Battle for the Net’s campaign is aimed to flood Washington with calls and emails to show lawmakers that the whole Internet is watching. The campaign asks Internet users/companies to spread the world via Twitter, mobilize the web by placing a floating banner on website’s homepage, send one push notification to mobile app users, change profile photos on social networks to the spinning wheel and share the below images everywhere.
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