Thousands of Companies Join Together for a “Call to Action” to Protect Net Neutrality (VIDEO)
The internet is a game changer – world-wide information with a click of a mouse or a touch of a button. It provides entertainment, information, and has become paramount to daily living both professionally and on a personal level. In 2015, there were provisions put into place protecting net neutrality. Net neutrality states that “internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites”. Once again, that protection is being threatened as the Federal Communications Commission announce that they are planning on “reassessing” net neutrality, effectively abolishing it.
Today is a day that many companies are making small moves of protest to this action, from Twitter, Google, Netflix, Twitch, Reddit, and thousands more. Most sites are using a mimicking icon of a spin-wheel or another indication of slow movement to represent that the internet as we know it will be hindered up to the discretion of service providers. Whether it be by making access to particular sites incredibly slow, or making them inaccessible all together, this move would be detrimental for many reasons, not just casual enjoyment.
In the video above, the founder of the worldwide web can bee seen talking about what net neutrality means and why we should fight to keep it. Tim Berners-Lee’s call to action can be seen in the video and hopefully headed by the audience that watches it.
Net neutrality protects against favouritism among sites shown to make more money. Instead of being forced to pay for certain privileges, all accesses are to be treated fairly and on the same level. By tampering with this, ISPs can charge whatever they would like for certain services. In terms of gamers, this could drastically impact services like Xbox Live, the PlayStation Network, Steam, and Origins.
The Day of Action is here and you can see a list of all of the websites actively protesting today right here at the website of Fight for the Future. You can also have your voice heard at the FCC website directly to “express” your thoughts on the upcoming decision. This wouldn’t be the first time that this has come in to play but action is necessary for the FCC to be concerned.
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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including ComicBook.com, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.