Web hosting company slows web access for FCC

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The creator of a small web hosting company, NeoCities, has decided to protest the recent United States’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal on net neutrality by slowing down access to anyone at the commission attempting to access his company’s website. NeoCities’ creator Kyle Drake accomplished this by rounding up the FCC’s internal IP address range and slowing down access from those addresses.

The FCC is expected to issue a ruling that would compromise what is known as “net neutrality”, by allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to speed up or slow down any websites they choose. This would give ISPs the ability to slow down sites of companies that don’t pay a fee, or sites the ISP simply doesn’t agree with.

“Since the FCC seems to have no problem with this idea, I’ve (through correspondence) gotten access to the FCC’s internal IP block, and throttled all connections from the FCC to 28.8kbps modem speeds on the Neocities.org front site,” creator Kyle Drake said. “I’m not removing it until the FCC pays us for the bandwidth they’ve been wasting instead of doing their jobs protecting us from the ‘keep America’s Internet slow and expensive forever’ lobby.” Drake said, adding that it is “time for the web to organize and stand up against these thugs before they ruin everything that the web stands for.”

Recently over 100 technology companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon, have written to US regulators warning that the proposed net neutrality rules pose a “grave threat to the Internet”.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the tech companies said that FCC rules should not permit “individualised bargaining and discrimination”.

“[The FCC must] take the necessary steps to ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce,” the letter says.