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Netflix Joins Planned Online Protest to Save Net Neutrality

15 Jun, 2017 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Netflix has joined a list of companies participating July 12 in “Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality,” which opposes the FCC’s plan to reclassify the Internet’s legal classification from utility to private service.

“If you’re not freaking out about Net Neutrality right now, you’re not paying attention,” Netflix .

The day of action will focus on grassroots mobilization with public interest groups activating their members and major Web platforms providing their visitors with tools to contact Congress and the FCC.

Protesters contend rolling back regulation on ISPs will empower them to gauge consumers and stymie competition. FCC chairman Ajit Pai argues Net Neutrality in its current form represents regulatory overkill.

“The Internet was not broken in 2015,” Pai said last month. “The utility-style regulations known as Title II were and are like the proverbial sledgehammer being wielded against the flea. Except that here, there was no flea.”

Other companies participating include Amazon, OK Cupid, Kickstarter, Etsy, Reddit, Mozilla, Vimeo, Y Combinator, GitHub, Private Internet Access, Pantheon, Bittorrent, Shapeways, Nextdoor, Patreon, Dreamhost, and CREDO Mobile, Goldenfrog, Fark, Chess.com, Imgur, Namecheap, DuckDuckGo, Checkout.com, Sonic, Brave, Ting, ProtonMail, O’Reilly Media, Discourse, and Union Square Ventures. Organizations participating include Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, Demand Progress, Center for Media Justice, EFF, Internet Association, Internet Archive, World Wide Web Foundation, Creative Commons, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Greenpeace, Common Cause, the ACLU, Rock the Vote, American Library Association, Daily Kos, OpenMedia, The Nation, PCCC, OFA, Public Knowledge, OTI, Color of Change, MoveOn and Internet Creators Guild, among others.

About the Author: Erik Gruenwedel

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