A number of established US Internet giants have joined a protest against plans to roll back rules protecting ‘net neutrality’.
Today (July 12th), the companies’ respective websites will display a variety of messages, or simulate the potential effects of losing the basic principle of all Internet traffic being treated equally, to highlight their qualms.
US communications regulator the FCC earlier in 2017 voted to remove an Obama-era rule that would prevent the prioritisation of data, as well as other measures campaigners consider to be detrimental to the internet. Opponents to net neutrality say it stifles innovation and discourages investment in telecoms infrastructure.
Companies involved in the protest Google, Facebook, Amazon, Reddit, AirBnB, Twitter, Snapchat, PornHub and Kickstarter.