The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote tomorrow (Dec.14) on ending net neutrality in the US, a move that would allow internet service providers to charge higher fees to content providers for faster data connections.
Critics say the vote would undermine the fundamental idea of an open internet, by allowing bigger players to pay for “fast lanes” and squeezing out smaller players who couldn’t afford it. Supporters say net neutrality’s demise would benefit low-income consumers because ISPs would begin offering more low-cost options once they could charge bigger companies more to send their data.
Barring any last-minute changes, the FCC’s proposal to repeal the Obama-era rules will likely pass. But that hasn’t stopped a groundswell of activity aimed at trying to pressure Congress, which could either reverse the FCC’s decision or, in a less likely scenario, impose a new set of net-neutrality rules. Legal challenges to the FCC are seen as inevitable.
With a day left to spare, a campaign to “Break the Internet” is fervently underway. Here are some of the strategies being undertaken: