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Internet Slowdown Day: A Snail’s Pace On Purpose

9 Sep 2014 by Insight Editor

On September 10, like it or not, the world will observe Internet Slowdown Day. There’s no need to run to your network administrator if sites seem to move at a snail’s pace; because it’s not just you, it’s not just your company, it’s a movement.

Internet Slowdown Day aims to produce the effects of so-called fast lanes currently being considered and hotly debated by the Federal Communications Commission. Sites including Reddit, FourSquare, Vimeo and WordPress are participating by displaying the infinitely loading site icon and by putting the brakes on page load times.

The symbolic slowdown is an effort to showcase to Internet users the impact that fast lanes could have on the Web. While Internet Service Providers — including Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner — would like to have the capability to offer paid prioritization to companies that want faster access to end users, governments and some major tech players including Google and Facebook are vehemently opposed to the rules the FCC is looking at adopting.

Conversation is on-going with relation to implementing rules that currently govern Net Neutrality. The FCC is still taking public comments on the matter.