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The internet rallies around the fight for net neutrality

The internet rallies around the fight for net neutrality
From Engadget - July 12, 2017

Some websites have added banners to their pages, including Netflix, Twitch, Spotify and PornHub. Mozilla, Vimeo and Airbnb have added more-substantial additions to the top of their pages while websites like Twitter and Google have opted for blog posts.

Some of the more creative messages can be found at Greenpeace's and Reddit's websites. Greenpeace has a pop-up telling you the site has been blocked by your ISP and then goes on to explain that while it might not be true yet, it could be if the FCC's plan is approved. Reddit's page has a pixelated logo with an alert saying, "Monthly bandwidth exceeded, click to upgrade" and a pop-up with a slowly typed message that eventually says, "The internet's less fun when your favorite sites load slowly, is not it? Whether you are here for news, AMAs, or some good old-fashioned cats in business attire, the internet's at its best when you -- not internet service providers -- decide what you see online. Today, u/kn0thing and I are calling on you to be the heroes we need. Please go to battleforthenet.com and tell the FCC that you support the open internet."

The ACLU also has a pop-up, and Kickstarter's is full page. Amazon's statement in favor of net neutrality is lower down on its page and only visible if you are signed in.

Those are just a few of the many sites that have chosen to participate today. Others include OkCupid, Tumblr, Dropbox, GoDaddy, DuckDuckGo, Expedia and Rosetta Stone. AT&T, which sued the FCC to fight against net neutrality rules just a couple of years ago, decided to support the Day of Action and net neutrality this time around, though there's nothing on its front page today. Verizon has decided that it's above the "slogans and rhetoric" of things like the Day of Action and says we need more-concrete action.

Companies have also released statements today. Lee Tien, an attorney with Electronic Frontier Foundation said, "It's our Internet and we will defend it. We wo not allow cable companies and ISPs, which already garner immense profits from customers, to become Internet gatekeepers."

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