July 12 has been deemed a “Day of action” by more than 200 websites, companies and organizations in support of net neutrality, a fundamental rule underpinning the internet that prevents service providers from playing favorites with or otherwise discriminating against data as it travels on their network.

This spring, Pai took the first steps toward dismantling a 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rule that classified telecoms as Title II “Common carriers,” which, among other things, prevents internet service providers from making “Unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services.”

Without net neutrality, big companies could censor people and perspectives online.

Net neutrality has been called the “First Amendment of the Internet.”

Net neutrality allows consumers – not big companies – to choose what they watch & do online.

Without net neutrality, ISPs could decide you watched too many videos on Netflix in one day and throttle your Internet speeds, while keeping their own video apps running smooth.

“The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online,” said Battle for the Net, a consortium of advocacy groups, in an announcement explaining the need for Wednesday’s action.

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