Prominent YouTube Creators Speak Out About Protecting Net Neutrality

12 July, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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Such "paid prioritization" schemes could give wealthy web companies an advantage over startups and independent sites that can't afford to pay, but with so many internet heavyweights participating in Wednesday's day of action, it's clear that big content providers would rather operate under the FCC's net neutrality protections than pay off broadband companies to hobble the competition. "Big Internet service providers ought not to be able to pick winners or losers". The fear is that premium sites like Youtube would gain access to higher speeds, so why would anyone use anything but?

On Wednesday, Democratic senators Ron Wyden, of OR, and Brian Schatz, of Hawaii asked the FCC to ensure that their computer system would be capable of handling the surge of negative comments that they would receive about the roll back of these rules. A large majority of the comments submitted in the current proceeding support preserving the Title II rules.

But also joining the proceedings are several Silicon Valley giants that, in recent years, have not just been apathetic to genuine net neutrality, but in many instances have actively worked to undermine the concept.

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President Donald Trump had appointed India-origin Ajit Pai to head the powerful FCC, the USA communications regulatory agency.The advocacy groups are urging tech companies and others to oppose Pai's plan to gut the net neutrality order which was issued in 2015.

"It's outrageous, and a blatant attempt to confuse the public, that they are claiming they are joining a grassroots online protest that's explicitly meant to defend the Title II based net neutrality protections that people from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly support", Greer said. The deadline for comments on Pai's rules is Monday, July 17.

Pai is one of many Republicans who claim that Title II places companies at a standstill - they say it discourages investors, imposes too much regulation, and prevents competition.

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Similarly Google used to be a major supporter of net neutrality, but that advocacy waned significantly post 2010 as the company became invested in both fixed-line broadband (Google Fiber) and wireless (Android, Project Fi).

"AT&T are lying when they say they support net neutrality, while actively opposing it", Fight for the Future Campaign Director Evan Greer told Ars today. Do you think a day of action will have any effect?

Facebook and Google have confirmed their participation in a wide-scale net neutrality protest scheduled for July 12th, according to Fortune.

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The Battle for the Net website lists 187 websites, companies and organizations that confirmed they are participating on Wednesday, including Amazon, Twitter, Snapchat and Netflix, which was on the sidelines when the protest was first announced. There's a possibility that suit may reach the U.S. Supreme Court, but the FCC has a chance before then to repeal the net neutrality rules.

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