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Major sites participate in "Internet Slowdown Day"

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KHQ.com - Some high-traffic websites are participating in a cyber protest Wednesday that aims to simulate slower response times on their websites.

The protest, called "Internet Slowdown Day," will include sites like Netflix, Vimeo, Etsy and Reddit. The websites are protesting a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that would allow broadband internet providers to charge high-traffic sites more money.

The basis for the proposal is that many of these sites receive high traffic, and therefore use a lot of data. One report on internet traffic trends (http://bit.ly/1tJqSoK) found that at peak hours, Netflix accounts for a third of downstream internet traffic. Because of this, broadband providers feel justified charging more money- essentially creating an HOV lane for internet traffic.

The protesting websites say the proposal, which was made back in May, goes against net neutrality laws. All day Wednesday participating websites plan to place a spinning-wheel icon on their home page in opposition of the proposal.

In 2010, the FCC implemented their Open Internet Order, which gave some power over bandwidth providers. That order was partially struck down last January. The new proposal aims to replace it.

The FCC is accepting public comment on the proposal through September 15th. For more details, click here.

To comment on the proposal, click here

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