Net neutrality supporters will try to 'break the internet' Tuesday

Net neutrality supporters are taking action Tuesday – here's what to expect while you're browsing.

The Essentials

1. Websites and web users will try to "break the internet" Tuesday to show their unhappiness with plans to dismantle current open internet rules. It's a big publicity push before the FCC votes on the plan Thursday.

2. Quick refresher: These open internet regulations, put in place in 2015, adhere to the concept of net neutrality. Basically, internet service providers can't block sites or apps, or make some sites load slower than others (called throttling). Nor can they charge consumers for access to certain services.

3. So what to expect today? Pop-ups (like in the image above) that show what certain websites could look like without net neutrality protections. You'll also see a lot of hashtags (#StopTheFCC). And advocacy group Battle for the Net has a bunch of downloadable profile images, story fillers and GIFs for users to show their support. A few examples:

The Big Picture

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has been leading the charge to undo open internet regulations, arguing they stifle investments and innovation. He's also said the new rules would require transparency – ISPs would need to disclose when they're slowing down a site, for example. (On Monday, he posted an agreement the FCC would have with the FTC to do just that.)

None of this has swayed open internet supporters, who argue disassembling the rules would be a huge loss for consumers. You might be forced to pay an extra $4.99 a month to use Snapchat, for example.

Pai and the four FCC commissioners will vote on the measure (called Restoring Internet Freedom) Thursday. Two of the five voters support open internet rules, The Next Web says.

GoMN has written a lot about net neutrality. Here are a few highlights:

Net neutrality: 5 images show how proposed rule changes could impact your life

A visual representation of how not having an open internet could impact you.

5 key points that explain how net neutrality became such a big deal

How the heck we got here, and what ISPs have said about net neutrality.

Big internet names: We like net neutrality protections, don't get rid of them

Amazon, eBay, Google, Netflix, Reddit, Snapchat, Spotify, Twitter, Uber and dozens of others show their support for an open internet.

Next Up

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.

Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.


Signs come down at Giordano's restaurant in Uptown

It appears the restaurant has closed for good.

State Capitol.

Walz eyes COVID-19 relief package totaling $300-$600 million amid budget surplus

The state forecasted a budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium.

Bar beer

Walz non-committal on extension of restaurant, gym closures

He has suggested that the ban on mixing with people outside your household could continue over Christmas.


5 key points that explain how net neutrality became such a big deal

Net neutrality: One of the few things that's got Pinterest and Pornhub on the same page.

Bye, net neutrality: FCC votes to repeal open internet rules

The FCC voted to ditch regulations that prohibited ISPs from blocking or slowing content.

5 Minnesota reps support effort in U.S. House to restore net neutrality

Some members of the U.S. House are trying to undo the FCC's open internet rollback.

Big internet names: We like net neutrality protections, don't get rid of them

Google, Netflix, Amazon, Uber, Snapchat, Reddit – and more – are some of the companies publicly talking about the rules.

Could Minnesota establish its own net neutrality protections?

Two state lawmakers think so, and laid out their proposal this week.

Net neutrality: 5 images show how proposed rule changes could impact your life

Clear examples that explain what could happen if these open internet rules are dismantled.