Monday, 11 December, 2017

Here's where Verizon store net neutrality protests are happening tomorrow

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Nellie Chapman | 07 December, 2017, 05:21

In 2015, the FCC voted to prohibit those charges in a policy often referred to as 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. To public-interest watchdogs and much of Silicon Valley, however, it's the stuff of nightmares.

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The proposal is led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican.

"We believe [the proposal] will result in material negative consequences for residents and businesses nation-wide, including: abusive gatekeeper behavior by dominant broadband providers, many of whom already have a de facto monopoly on Internet access in specific regions, paid prioritization schemes, whereby ISPs charge more to access certain sites or apps and blocking or throttling (which is the intentional slowing down of) specific content, resulting in a less competitive and diverse marketplace", said Madigan. Amazon, as a giant corporation with heavy influence, could negotiate its way into a fast lane with Comcast, while Sue's Salads has no leverage to get into a fast lane. Not the small, local business. "Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy", the open letter said.

"Isn't that kind of a similar analogy, is that a pretty good analogy in terms of what net neutrality is all about, not allowing for example a company that is going to invest billions of dollars in the pipeline, not allow them to sell a prioritized lane, for, oh, I don't know, doctors who want to prioritize distant diagnostics?" "Tell me where that analogy is maybe not accurate".

Repealing net neutrality, however, would give ISPs the ability to determine not only what information users could see but how quickly they can see it. "By fighting for net neutrality, you fight for the future of art".

He added that at least one million more comments came from real people whose identities were stolen.

The other part of Johnson's quote, which is another popular sentiment from Pai, is that companies aren't investing in broadband innovation. One of those, is your internet bill could start looking like your cable bill.