It's always nice to see that the internet can come together. It means that cable ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T or Verizon don't get to choose which data is sent more quickly and which sites get blocked or throttled based on which content providers pay a premium. Some popular internet services and sites, like Reddit, Kickstarter and Netflix, are calling attention to the matter with banners and pop-ups.
But supporters of net neutrality see it differently.
Some of the world's largest internet companies are taking part in a day of protest against changes that say will affect net neutrality - but what is net neutrality and should United Kingdom citizens be concerned?
Visitors to their sites were met with protests and calls for action. Currently, there is no indication that any will, but the net neutrality rules do not preventing these companies from doing so. "Defend net neutrality. Take action", with a link to the website of Internet Association, a trade group of more than 40 Silicon Valley companies. Between greater ISP control and increasing governmental censorship, there's a feeling that the days of the free internet as we know it may be drawing to a close.
The page included a "Take Action" button which leads to a screen that gives you your congressman's number to call or to a petition on Fight for the Future (the nonprofit coordinating the protest).
If you've been on the internet at all today, you might have noticed a variety of websites, services and companies actively protesting the FCC's rollback of net neutrality regulations.
Pai wants the commission to repeal the rules that reclassified internet service providers as if they were utilities, saying the open internet rules adopted under former President Barack Obama harm jobs and investment. You don't have to be a big shot to compete.
Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden tells Wired he believes ISPs are only paying lip service to net neutrality to avoid public backlash.
The main argument against net neutrality is that companies like Google and Facebook only exist because of the high-speed connections facilitated by ISPs like AT&T and Verizon in the USA, and BT and Virgin Media in the UK. This became the setup for the FCC's Open Internet Order which was released three years later.
A poll from Morning Consult and the NCTA found that 61 percent of consumers either strongly or somewhat support net neutrality rules. "Open internet protections deserve to be written in ink, not pencil".
"The FCC should abandon its misguided effort to obviate all the work that has been done on behalf of all Internet users", Lauren Culbertson, public policy manager at Twitter, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. But, organizers note, "They will let your users submit a comment to the FCC and Congress without having to leave your platform".