Outcry backs net neutrality

The Electronic Frontier Foundation put this pop-up on its website to protest attempts by the FCC to roll back net neutrality.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation put this pop-up on its website to protest attempts by the FCC to roll back net neutrality.

The world’s biggest internet companies and activist groups have come together to protest against the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) push to roll back protections that ensure net neutrality.

Net neutrality essentially means telecommunications companies must treat all web traffic equally. 

Without net neutrality, telecommuni­cations companies could slow down access to certain sites or charge people fees to access certain sites, similar to a cable TV plan.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has argued tighter controls on net neutrality would embolden dictatorial regimes to more strictly police the internet.

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