12/12 and we breaking the Internet!

Net neutrality activists and some internet companies are out to “break the internet” today. The whole idea is to have as many people as possible flood social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and spam their thoughts about net neutrality.

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So what is net neutrality?

Net neutrality means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including both home Internet providers like Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, and Charter, as well as mobile carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint must treat all Internet traffic equally, including both home broadband and mobile plans. It has been a guiding principle since the Internet began and it has led to all of the websites and apps you love today. Innovation has thrived on the Internet because it’s a level playing field. You can thank net neutrality for the millions of websites and apps that have undoubtedly changed your life over the last 25 years.

What’s happening today?

Some websites will be putting up messages that talk about censorship, throttling, and other issues the repeal of net neutrality will supposedly allow. I don’t believe this is going to change a single vote, but if it makes people feel good then go for it.

The demonstrations will vary widely, depending on the platform. “Facebook and LinkedIn users will ‘break’ their profiles by changing their relationship status to ‘Married’ (to net neutrality) or adding a new ‘job’ of ‘Defending Net Neutrality,'” Fight for the Future noted in a press release on Monday. “Websites and apps will participate by doing something to ‘break’ their platform and encourage their users to contact Congress (see).”

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What do you think about the idea? Let me know.

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2 thoughts on “12/12 and we breaking the Internet!

  1. I didn’t understand what they’re protesting. I mean for me net was already not neutral whatever that means.

    What is changing?

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    1. In short, net neutrality creates an even playing field among content providers — both large and small — to the web. And it’s great for consumers because they can access everything they want online for no extra charge.

      Right now, consumers control what they see online — not Internet access providers — and that’s thanks in large part to net neutrality.

      The providers want to change this by selling your data to third-party companies without that you can do anything. Basically you pay for their services (e.g. ISP) BUT also with your data. This is new cause goverment changes some laws which allow such behavior.

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