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Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

ISPs Have Spent $572 Million to Kill Net Neutrality Since 2008

ISPs Have Spent $572 Million to Kill Net Neutrality Since 2008

While the second largest mobile service provider in the country previously announced its intentions to participate in the massive online protest, a number of advocacy groups remain skeptical about its motivations for doing so.

Some of the digital world's largest companies have joined forces to protest the USA government's plans to roll back net neutrality. Your favorite sites are all in on the action, including Google, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Spotify and more, and if you like the internet just the way it is, you'll want to get in on it as well.

However, the newspaper says net neutrality is under fire in the USA, as the FCC is now looking to repeal the net neutrality rules introduced in 2015. If the laws weren't in place, companies could block or slow down access to certain domains unless those sites paid them to allow users in, or even charge users additional package fees in the way cable companies charge for access to premium cable channels.

ISPs have argued that Washington is hyper-focused on them as gatekeepers, while keeping a hands-off approach on edge providers as though they were still struggling garage-innovators, rather than behemoths with staggering valuations and market power.

Pai is a longtime critic of the 2015 "open internet" rules which he says came about because the FCC "succumbed to pressure from the White House". FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said regulation of ISPs as utilities hampers innovation and investment. The fight to protect "net neutrality".

Brooklyn tech companies Etsy and Kickstarter joined dozens of other high profile websites today in protesting potential changes to "net neutrality" regulations.

AT&T says it supports an "open internet" and believes companies shouldn't block web content or slow down videos from other providers.

Net neutrality, which some have described as the "first amendment of the internet", is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) treat everyone's data equally - whether that's an email from your mother, an episode of House of Cards on Netflix or a bank transfer. AT&T is not the only cable company to have said it stands behind net neutrality while also claiming that regulations have hampered their growth. There had been about 6 million filings on net neutrality's overturn made to the FCC as of Tuesday night, both supporting and opposing the policy; that had risen to 6.7 million Wednesday afternoon. We think that was partly because his net neutrality views are deeply held and partly because they sync perfectly with the White House's anti-regulation objectives.

What should be clear though clear though, is that the fight for net neutrality is no longer a pirate's fight. A final vote on any new proposal is expected later this year.

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