How Major Tech Companies Are Standing Up for Net Neutrality

July 12, 2017

11:30 am

Simply put, net neutrality is good. It allows for free, un-throttled use of the internet across the board, while preventing internet service providers from creating paid fast lanes for specific content. It helps new companies compete with the big dogs and makes small startups a force to be reckoned with in the business world.

Unfortunately, the FCC and the current administration are trying to do away with laws passed to protect it. Fortunately, dozens of major tech companies have joined forces in an effort to stand up for net neutrality in the form of a massive online protest.

“The big Internet access providers already succeeded in getting rid of the rules that protect your online privacy,” said Gigi Sohn, former counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. “Now they’re coming for your Internet. By asking the FCC to get rid of the net neutrality rules, they will turn the Internet into the worst of cable TV – unless consumers stop them. As someone who has helped make these decisions, I can tell you that it matters that you speak out and tell your story. And that time is now.”

Organized by the impressive minds behind the SOPA blackout and the Internet Slowdown, the day of action is focused on grassroots mobilization. Public interest groups are activating their members, while major web platforms are providing their visitors with tools to contact Congress and the FCC, as you’ll see below.

If you want to do your part to protect net neutrality, visit SaveTheInternet to donate or take action today. Now, check out what your favorite tech companies are up to in an effort to keep net neutrality intact.

Netflix

Reddit

Reddit decided to take things a little further, by blocking the /r/technology section of their website.

Etsy

PornHub

Amazon

Kickstarter

Funny or Die

Spotify

Airbnb

Read more about net neutrality on TechCo

If you want to do your part to protect net neutrality, visit SaveTheInternet to donate or take action today.

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Senior Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word “colloquially.”

Conor is the Senior Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at [email protected].

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