There’s one issue that Americans agree on. Regardless of income and education levels, race, gender or even whether they’re Democrats and Republicans, Americans want strong net neutrality. Unfortunately, President Trump’s picked man at the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, is well on his way to destroying net neutrality.
According to a recent Civis Analyticspoll, 77 percent of Americans support keeping former President Obama’s strong net neutrality rules and over 80 percent agree with the principles of net neutrality. Specifically, “73 percent of Republicans, 80 percent of Democrats, and 76 percent of Independents want to keep the FCC’s Open Internet rules. 81 percent of Americans agree that ISPs should not … block or throttle websites or charge extra for preferred access to consumers.”
Pai argues that what he’s really doing is freeing ISPs from burdensome regulations, they’ll be more profitable and thus more inclined to expand bandwidth. In short, it’s an argument for a free and open market. There’s only one little problem with this. ISPs, as we all know, don’t compete in a free and open market. They’ve divided the country into regional monopolies.
How many of us have a real choice between broadband providers? Darn few of us.
So, to wake the government up, almost 200 companies, such as Amazon, Google, Twitter, Reddit, and Mozilla, along with advocacy groups such as the ACLU, Change.org, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have organized an internet-wide protest.
None of these messages will actually block, slow, or paywall sites. They will appear only once, so visitors won’t see the same message over and over again at a given site.