- Why is net neutrality an issue?
- Why does net neutrality matter to libraries?
- The issue of regulation vs. competition
- Where can I find out more?
Battle For the Net: JULY 12TH: Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality
USA Today article “Net Neutrality Day of Action: Here’s what will happen” for more information on the questions below.
- What is Net Neutrality Day of Action? The “Net Neutrality Day of Action” refers to the concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Internet Service Providers, such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, should not be able to block, speed or slow down legal websites — or give preferential treatment to others, including their own.ISPs say they wouldn’t do this, anyway, but in 2015, the Federal Communications Commission implemented regulations to prohibit that behavior. A groundswell of support for Net Neutrality, stemming in part from Internet forums like Reddit, made these rules a popular cause. The fear is that, without them, ISPs will wield too much control over how and what users see by charging extra for faster speeds.
- Will this slow down my Internet?
- Who is participating?
- What impact do the organizers hope to have?
- Have there been net neutrality protests before?
Submitted by Marla Sepnafski.