Activist groups pushing for U.S. government oversight of the internet are encouraging people to protest and demonstrate Wednesday in what is being called a “day of action,” and they appear to have the support of Silicon Valley and much of the larger tech industry. Three groups, Fight for the Future, Free Press, and Demand Progress, started the “Battle for the Net” project in order to rally supporters. One of the primary methods for outreach and advocacy is offering companies and organizations a computer widget that gives websites the ability to greet visitors with a set of information. Those details can include the address of their local congressman’s office or information on how to correspond with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on their online forum for public comments.The debate over net neutrality has been heating up in recent months after new FCC leadership voiced their aversion and intent to unroll Obama-era rules the agency imposed only a couple of years ago. Net neutrality is a nebulous term loosely defined as the principle that internet service providers have no right to discriminate against certain forms of traffic, including spam, nor to offer faster speeds to higher-paying customers. For supporters, who usually skew left, it means all traffic receives equal treatment. For critics,… Read full this story
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