Go Slow Day, September 10: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Go Slow Day will highlight the importance of net neutrality. Read on to learn what websites will participate on Go Slow Day, which will be held on September 10.


1. Some of the Most Popular Sites on the Web Will Participate in Go Slow Day

The Guardian reports that some of the biggest and most popular sites on the web plan to participate in Go Slow Day. Among them are companies like Etsy, FourSquare, KickStarter, Mozilla, Reddit and Vimeo.

In a blog post, the net advocacy group Fight for the Future explained what form the Go Slow Day protests will take:

“Sites participating in the slowdown will display prominent messages that include an infinitely-spinning ‘site loading’ icon — or the so-called ‘spinning wheel of death’ — to symbolize what surfing the web could be like without net neutrality. These alerts will direct the sites’ users to call and/or email policymakers in support of net neutrality.”

You can get more information on how to join the protest at the Battle for the Net website.


2. Go Slow Day Is Similar to SOPA ‘Go Dark’ Day

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Go Slow Day reminds some people of “Go Dark” day a couple of years back. In 2012, Wikipedia and other major websites “went dark” in order to raise awareness about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Some tech insiders worried that SOPA would lead to Internet censorship, which is why so many sites went dark. The Daily Mail reported that over 7,000 websites participated in the “dark” day, and legislators withdrew their support for the bill shortly thereafter.

The main difference between “Go Dark” day and “Go Slow” day is that many of the sites that participated in “going dark” were actually non-functional. In contrast, Go Slow Day participants will have a decorative “page loading” symbol on them, but the pages should load as normal.


3. The FCC Is Considering an Internet Fast Lane

One proposal currently before the FCC is an “Internet fast lane.” Under this proposal, Internet service providers could offer a “fast lane” to subscribers who want to pay more. However, many people feel that a “fast lane” is inherently unfair. To many, it is unjust to throttle the bandwidth of people who lack the financial means or the desire to pay a premium price for faster access to information. The FCC’s next comment deadline on September 15, which explains why the protest has been scheduled for September 10.


4. Net Neutrality Is an Important Issue to Many Americans

The basic concept of net neutrality is simple: all Internet traffic should be created equal. No matter who is accessing a website, or what website they want to visit, all people should have the same ability to access the web. Net neutrality is important to many Americans. According to a recent report from the Sunlight Foundation, less than 1 percent of the public comments sent to the FCC were clearly opposed to net neutrality.


5. Go Slow Day Starts at Midnight on September 10, 2014

You can get more information on how to join the protest at the Battle for the Net website. There, you can find code to add to your website, information for sending push notifications through your app, or avatars to use on your social media profiles.


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