12 Jul Net Neutrality Day of Action is July 12th
Net Neutrality Day of Action is July 12th. What does this mean? How will this effect you?
University of Berkeley defines net neutrality as a principle belief that “broadband network providers to be completely detached from what information is sent over their networks” and that “no bit of information should be prioritized over another.” For example, net neutrality ensures that people watching a movie on Netflix or YouTube have the same internet speed as those on Facebook or Twitter whether or not people are using Comcast, Frontier, or satellite internet access.
Net Neutrality Day of Action is a day long event where many companies and individuals will raise awareness of the proposed elimination of net neutrality by the Federal Communications Commission. July 12th was chosen since the FCC is taking comments about the proposed elimination of net neutrality but the comment period will end soon. Over 187 companies are against the proposed change including: Amazon, Etsy, Netflix, OKCupid, and Spotify. One of the goals of the Net Neutrality Day of Action is to demonstrate to users what the web would look like if net neutrality regulations are eliminated. For example, certain companies will have their web site load slowly or there will be paywalls to block users from accessing the site without paying for access. In other words, don’t be surprised if on Wednesday, July 12th, your favorite web sites will be downloading slower or may have pop ups informing you more about net neutrality. The point the companies are trying to make is that if net neutrality is abolished, it could be like this every day.
The American Library Association views net neutrality as “online non-discrimination.” The American Library Association released a statement on May 18th in support of net neutrality. ALA President Julie Todaro stated, “Librarians and library workers know that even subtle differences in internet transmission can make a significant difference in how a user receives, uses and shares digital information. We must ensure the same quality access to online educational and noncommercial content as to entertainment and for-profit offerings.”