CT residents weigh in on net neutrality, but bots may be too

Net neutrality protests start Thursday—how to find one near you

Net neutrality protests have begun, here's how you can participate

These rules classify broadband as a utility, thereby preventing internet service providers (ISPs) from modifying the services they offer based on content.

State Rep. Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point is one of many Democrats who signed a letter to the FCC asking that net neutrality be upheld.

Yesterday Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission and former Verizon lawyer, spoke at Verizon headquarters in DC. The International Institute of Communications operates on a not-for-profit basis "to enable the balanced, open dialogue that shapes the policy agenda". We must retain ownership of the Internet and maintain fair and equal access to information for everyone. A sampling of Connecticut's comments by the Mirror turned up duplicate names and comments with the names and addresses of people who said they did not make them.

The FCC is not ending net neutrality. The Mozilla and Ipsos survey also highlighted how little faith Americans had in their own government to follow public opinion: 78 percent of Americans place little or no faith in Congress to protect their access to the internet, and right now they appear to be correct.

Evan Greer, the campaign director for the pro-net neutrality group Fight for the Future, said she was surprised by the outpouring of support for net neutrality in the days following Pai's announcement just before Thanksgiving.

"Isn't that kind of a similar analogy, is that a pretty good analogy in terms of what net neutrality is all about, not allowing for example a company that is going to invest billions of dollars in the pipeline, not allow them to sell a prioritized lane, for, oh, I don't know, doctors who want to prioritize distant diagnostics?"

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Ah yes, the porn vs. medicine analogy. The actual FCC order on net neutrality.

ADVERTISEMENTPai and his backers have also seized on some extreme cases of the net neutrality backlash.

Pai in recent weeks has tried to shape the controversial debate-millions of comments have flowed into the FCC on the upcoming rule change-by suggesting that Silicon Valley titans like Twitter, Facebook Inc., and Alphabet Inc.'s Google are worse actors than broadband providers when it comes to blocking or otherwise disadvantaging content they dislike.

The other part of Johnson's quote, which is another popular sentiment from Pai, is that companies aren't investing in broadband innovation.

So why push these false claims? If we allow the FCC to go through with dismantling net neutrality, the freedom of the internet will be taken away for the benefit of internet providers such as Comcast and Verizon.

Net neutrality is a good deal for consumers and small-business owners.

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