Websites ‘slow down’ for net neutrality awareness

Internet slow tumblrVisit Tumblr, Netflix or Etsy today and you’ll find a spinning wheel at the top of your computer screen. These Web sites, among others, are participating in “Internet Slowdown Day” in an effort to raise awareness of net neutrality as the Federal Communications Commission considers changing Internet practices.

Net neutrality ensures that all content on the Internet be accessed without stipulation. Those who argue for the protection of net neutrality believe that, without it, Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon could have economic incentives to charge content-providing websites for faster access, thus affecting consumers.

More than one million comments have been sent to the FCC about the matter. Monday is the last day the public can share their opinion.