Companies Opposing Net Neutrality Conduct Internet Slowdown Protest Next Wed, Sept 10th

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Reposted from Entrepreneur:

“On September 15, the Federal Communications Commission will stop taking public comments on its net neutrality proposal. The Open Internet Order would allow for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” to those with the ability to pay for them. Without net neutrality, the large cable companies and other ISPs would be free to provide multiple levels of service, and there is a concern that new ventures and up and coming entrepreneurs would be faced with a barrier to entry that they simply couldn’t afford to clear.

But on Wednesday, September 10, tech companies who oppose the proposal including Etsy, Kicktarter, Reddit, Foursquare and Mozilla will raise awareness about the issue through a protest called the Internet Slowdown. The day of action is being spearheaded by organizations like Fight for the Future, Free Press and Demand Progress.

Those participating in the protest will affix a widget that looks like a looping “site loading” icon — often referred to as the spinning wheel of death — onto their sites, provided by battleforthenet.com. The icons aren’t meant to slow down any of the sites, but to remind people of what the Internet could look without the protection of net neutrality.”

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