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Online petition for Net Neutrality gets million signatures


An online petition, seeking restoration of the federal protections for Net Neutrality, has reportedly garnered a million signatures.

The petition, filed by advocacy group Free Press, along with a broad coalition of organizations, has been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The public outcry follows a federal court decision two weeks ago that struck down the FCC ruling meant to prevent an Internet service provider from prioritizing some website traffic over others, which would make people pay money for access to particular sites.

According to The Verge, the petition shows there is public support for net neutrality, and that providers should not be allowed to charge different prices for using the Internet to access different services.

Free Press called on the FCC to reclassify broadband connections as 'telecommunications services' that would allow it to pass robust net neutrality rules that would actually hold up in court.

The group further said that without net neutrality, the Internet, as people know it could be a relic of the past.

The report said that more than 85 organizations have joined the Free Press campaign, including Reddit, the American Civil Liberties Union, MoveOn, the Sierra Club, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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First Published: Fri, January 31 2014. 15:07 IST