Reddit changes homepage to support net neutrality

Reddit changes homepage to support net neutrality
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Reddit is changing up its homepage to voice its support for net neutrality rules, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is expected to get rid of on Dec. 14.

The company’s new page features top and side banners with messages backing net neutrality provisions.


“HELP US SAVE THE FREE AND OPEN INTERNET,” read two banners on the side of the page. A different post sponsored by Reddit at the top of its homepage reads “Net Neutrality impacts real people. Tell us how YOU would be affected if the FCC kills it.”

Reddit has been an outspoken supporter of the rules, which aim to create a level playing field on the internet by preventing internet service providers like Time Warner Cable and AT&T from potentially slowing down or blocking content that they disapprove of.

Internet service providers have launched their own campaigns to tell their side of the story. Comcast has pledged in promoted tweets that it will not violate net neutrality rules.

The FCC is set to vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to scrap the rules at the upcoming open commission meeting Dec. 14. The agency’s Republican majority is expected to vote in favor of scrapping the rules, regardless of late pushes from advocacy groups and companies like Reddit.

The next step of the battle will take place in Congress as lawmakers fight over net neutrality legislation.