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Countries Around the World Tackled Net Neutrality in Different Ways

Countries Around the World Tackled Net Neutrality in Different Ways

Net neutrality is when internet service providers treat all data on the internet the same and not charge based on user, website, or content.

Despite a biting wind, a few dedicated residents gathered outside the Russel Cellular Verizon Store on Route 11 in support of net neutrality on Thursday, ahead of the Federal Communications Commission vote, which is expected on December 14. "The FCC regulates the internet so those events don't occur".

Ajit Pai and other supporters for the repeal of net neutrality claim that net neutrality "stifles innovation", yet this is simply not true.

At one point, a manager and salesperson from the Verizon Store came out to hand out leaflets labeled "Verizon Supports the Open Internet", and told protesters that Verizon did not disagree with them. The organizer of the Redding protests, Valerie Anderson, asked people to call Congressman LaMalfa and express concerns about the pullback from net neutrality.




Valerie Walker of Indivisible Bangor said, "The best outcome would be for net neutrality rules to stay in place and not have our internet privatized".

Although the future of internet regulation has been a hot-button issue since President Donald Trump appointed Pai, an industry insider, to lead the FCC, the action on the ground has intensified in recent weeks, with an official vote to roll back consumer protections-and "destroy the internet as we know it"-scheduled for next week". In fact, net neutrality prevents regulation of the web billion-dollar monopoly corporations like Verizon and AT&T.

Opponents of net neutrality noted that its elimination has benefits including giving consumers of the Internet more options, allowing them to pare down their choices and perhaps save money in the process.


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