'Break the Net' Protest Planned for Dec. 12

Activists seek some form of congressional intervention

Fresh off the Dec. 7 protests of the FCC's planned vote next week to eliminate most net-neutrality rules, protesters have called for a Dec. 12 online "Break the Internet" protest.

They don't actually want to break the internet. But they are taking a web page from the 2012 SOPA/PIPA online slowdown protest, where sites appeared to operating at "breaknet" speed, which meant endlessly buffering or blacked out, and from President Barack Obama's Title II-promoting YouTube video that began with some faux buffering.

The plan is that "sites, apps, and social media feeds will appear creatively 'broken' as they might be without net-neutrality protections."

The goal is to drive web users BattleForTheNet.com , where they can email Congress to somehow step in and stop the FCC's vote, which is almost certainly not going to happen given that Congress is busy on a tax bill and, with Republican majorities that generally favor FCC chair Ajit Pais' proposal to eliminate most net-neutrality regs.

ISPs have said they would welcome congressional action in the form of legislation clarifying what the FCC's net-neutrality regulatory authority is, including rules against blocking and throttling.