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How the Internet Slowdown Day affects you

How the Internet Slowdown Day affects you
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Most users complain about slow Internet service every once in a while, but some pretty popular websites might be seem slower than ever today. That's because some of your favorite sites are showing their support for Net Neutrality by participating in the Internet Slowdown Day protest. But here's the catch: Your service won't actually be slower than any other day, though it might feel that way.

Back in May, the FCC moved forward with plans to allow Internet "fast lanes." That means large streaming services like Netflix or Amazon could pay for priority traffic to stream their videos and music to you faster.

Net Neutrality advocates have fought hard against this ruling, because they believe it could hurt small businesses and customers. They argue that if big ISPs like Comcast and Verizon can charge more for priority service, what's to stop them from giving their own products faster load times? They also think companies that pay for priority service could end up charging customers more to offset their fast lane bills.

Netflix supports Net Neutrality and recently spoke out against laws in several states that make it difficult for cities and towns like Chattanooga, Tennessee, to improve or expand Internet services, even in rural areas that are underserved by commercial providers. And, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has also asked the FCC to reclassify Internet service as a utility similar to telephone service to give ISPs less power.

Net Neutrality supporters also like this idea, and many of them are taking a stand by naming today the official Internet Slowdown Day.

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