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.
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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:

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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.

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