On Internet Slowdown Day, websites fight for net neutrality

Many high-profile websites displayed images in support of equal online access, encouraging visitors to do the same. What’s in it for them? 

Notice anything different on websites today?

WordPress, Reddit, Etsy, Netflix, Tumblr, Vimeo, and others participated in Internet Slowdown Day by displaying banners and infinitely loading site icons to show visitors what things could look like if broadband providers offer priority service.

The FCC is reviewing comments in the net neutrality debate, which stems from Internet service providers proposing priority service to larger companies. This would introduce a “fast lane” to the Internet for those companies and their customers.

The basic argument against such priority and in support of net neutrality is this: All Internet traffic should be treated the same, regardless of its content or purpose.

Hank Green of VlogBrothers offered an additional explanation with “Hank vs. Hank: The net neutrality debate in three minutes:”

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