By Nicole Kobie
July 12, 2017
Article from Teen Vogue
Net Neutrality: Why It Matters to Every Internet User Out There
Your favorite site may have a spinning "loading" icon today, saying "Sorry, we're stuck in the slow lane." Or may show a pop-up asking for you to "upgrade your plan to proceed". What's going on? Welcome to the Day of Action for net neutrality, an online protest against legal changes that could alter the internet forever.
The Day of Action is protesting the planned removal of a pair of legal protections for net neutrality, by showing what the web could look like if it wasn't as open as it is now. Here's what campaigners from across the net — from Google to Netflix — are so worried about, and what you can do to help.
What is net neutrality?
Right now, internet service providers — whether your home broadband provider or mobile operator — aren't allowed to slow down or block content online, or charge content providers such as Netflix or YouTube for faster access. That's net neutrality: all data flows through the tubes equally, regardless of the source.
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