*Update: The U.S. Senate has ruled in favor of rolling back the FCC’s decision on Net Neutrality and to maintain the current rules. The final vote was 52 -47. However, the fight is not yet over. Now the vote will head to the House of Representatives where a majority must rule in favor.
Starting today, popular websites all over the internet are going on “red alert” to remind everyone of the upcoming net neutrality vote. Even under the old laws, big ISP (internet service provider) companies had too much power. They’re already monitoring everything we do online, and they don’t even need a cell phone spy app to do it. So it’s no surprise that internet companies and users alike are willing to continue fighting over net neutrality.
If you don’t know what net neutrality is, or just want a refresher, have a look at this informative video.
The Internet Goes Red
Participating sites (such as Reddit, Tumblr, and Etsy) have added bright red banners to their homepages and social media accounts in protest. Images that read “Red Alert For Net Neutrality” and reference the non-profit organization behind the movement, battleforthenet.com. According to the non-profit group, all participating websites will be keeping these alerts up until the Senate vote has concluded. The group hopes these images will alert more casual internet users about the importance of the net neutrality issue. That being said, there’s been no official word on when the Senate vote will take place (even though the first steps have been taken.) So don’t be surprised if your favorite websites are seeing red for a week or two.
Today is the day. @SenateDems are officially filing the petition that allows us to force a vote on the Senate floor to save #NetNeutrality. But we still need #OneMoreVote to get it done. If you want to protect a free & open internet, make your voices heard before it's too late! pic.twitter.com/L49Pf2rI50
— Senator Cortez Masto (@SenCortezMasto) May 9, 2018
The Fight To Save Net Neutrality
Last year, newly appointed FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, made it his mission to rollback the Obama-era net neutrality laws. Despite massive outcry from the general public, Pai achieved his goal with a 3-2 FCC vote in favor of abolishing net neutrality. Though the big ISP companies won that battle, they have not yet won the war. Since then, several states have introduced their own net neutrality laws. Combine that with the push for a Senate vote, and it seems like the fight is far from over.
Check out the latest news regarding net neutrality on our Twitter Moment.
— Digital Addicts (@digitaladdicts_) May 9, 2018
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