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Internet top sites to protest 'fast lanes' on Wednesday

2014-09-09 09:31 by
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Some of the world's largest Internet companies - including Etsy, Kickstarter, Mozilla, reddit, imgur, Foursquare, Vimeo, and Namecheap, Wordpress - will support Internet users and Battle for the Net activists for a creative action on September 10th. The day is announced as the "Internet Slowdown Day".

Protesters won't actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated "Loading" graphics (which organizers call "the proverbial 'spinning wheel of death'") to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. As that wheel spins, the rules about how the Internet works are being redrawn.

Many companies and organizations will be directing users to, a site maintained by advocacy groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, and Free Press, who initiated the Internet Slowdown effort.

The protest itself is against the new rules that large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to promote to govern the Internet.

These corporate ISPs want to create a two-tiered Internet, where some websites or content providers pay to get preferred access to the public. Large content providers like Netflix, would pay extra to ensure that their content traveled on the fast lane. This approach raises concerns about the competitiveness of the smaller companies, who won't be able to pay for a fast lane.

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