Internet Association urges FCC to delay the vote for repealing net neutrality

Internet Association urges FCC to delay the vote for repealing net neutrality

Lori Erlendsson attends a pro-net neutrality Internet activist rally.

"If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy". Only those who can afford to buy the fastest internet will have access to these fast lanes. They can not discriminate by speeding up or slowing down traffic or blocking content, applications, or websites you want to use.

"Net neutrality is a principle that all content going across the internet should be treated as equal, that the provider should be neutral", said Jeremy Straub, an Assistant Computer Science Professor at NDSU. The Internet was created out of taxpayer money and is owned by taxpayers.

Congressman Kevin Cramer says he, like the protesters, supports free and open internet.

The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote next week on net neutrality, or what the FCC calls Internet freedom, and is expected to do away with net neutrality.

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The protest hasn't kicked off yet, but according to its Facebook page, there should be dozens of people in place within between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. "Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy", the open letter said.

Net Neutrality refers to rules placed in 2015 barring internet providers from speeding up or slowing down traffic to certain websites. The United States now has deregulated Net Neutrality, meaning internet service providers, or ISPs, must treat all websites equally, can not prioritize certain websites or charge consumers more to use certain websites.

Providers would have to disclose if they are throttling speeds.

Cramer's office appears to be closed Tuesday.

The protest officially begins at 5:30, and is sponsored by the Democrats of District 45.

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