Internet Slowdown Day on September 10, 2014 was wildly successful in spreading support for net neutrality to Congress and across the interwebz. Here is an infographic from Battle for the Net, the non-profit site devoted to maintaining net neutrality.
We’re all about equality of the interwebs and today we’re participating in Internet Slowdown Day. This doesn’t mean that the internet will be slow today, nor does it slow down the LitChat site. We’ve aligned with thousands of websites who are concerned about big cable’s throttle-hold on governmental internet policy. What it amounts to is this:
The FCC has proposed new rules which will grant them the possibility of paid prioritization on internet traffic. Should this legislation pass, ISPs (Time-Warner, Comcast, etc.) will be able to charge content providers for the speed at which their data is delivered to consumers. (Cable companies are already doing this to consumers whose fees are based on internet speed delivery.) This will create speed lanes which companies will be forced into based on how fast they want their data delivered to consumers. Companies who cannot afford the high speed rates will suffer with slower data delivery. In this case, the end-user, the consumer, is the loser.
Internet Slowdown Day is a way to bring this killer of internet neutrality into public consciousness with the hope they will band together with content delivery companies in offering public comment against the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed guidelines. The public comment period for the FCC’s proposed rules ends on September 15.
PCWorld has created this fact sheet with more information about Net Neutrality and Internet Slowdown Day.
If you haven’t yet signed the electronic petition to preserve internet neutrality, please consider doing so now.