According to Change.org, without net neutrality, ISPs can choose what internet users see online, which means ISPs can favor some sources or block others.
"Net neutrality gives new ideas, online businesses, and up-and-coming sites - like Reddit was twelve years ago - the opportunity to find an audience and grow on a level playing field", Ohanian writes.
In 2015, under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, an appointee of President Obama, the FCC protected net neutrality by reclassifying broadband service as subject to regulations under Title II of the Communications Act and section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. And that its legal battles with the FCC's current regulations shouldn't diminish the fact it believes in the principle of an open internet.
Mr Sommer said that debate is so much more intense in the U.S. because "we have strong standards backed up by regulations and we have a highly competitive broadband market that allows consumers to switch and choose the provider that best meets their needs".
Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, in a statement released through advocacy group Common Cause, weighed-in: "The Trump Administration's fake net neutrality scheme is a ridiculous illustration of the price we pay for the outrageous influence of money in politics". So far, 6 million comments have been sent to the FCC, almost 75,000 per day since the proposed changes were first taken up by Pai.
It's great to see big internet companies - many of which wouldn't have existed if not for net neutrality - to take a part in educating as well as empowering people with information and tool to fight for the freedom on the internet.
The comment period ends on July 17. "That said Ajit Pai answers to Congress and Congress will soon be well aware that people from acrioss the political spectrum overwhelmingly support the current rules", said Greer. "This FCC chairman has made it clear he is not listening to the public, he's only listening to telecom lobbyists".
"Congress is on the wrong side of history on this", she added.
We support permanent, strong, legally enforceable net neutrality rules.
Some of the world's largest internet companies are taking part in a day of protest against changes that say will affect net neutrality - but what is net neutrality and should United Kingdom citizens be concerned? The alerts include a "spinning wheel of death", "blocked", and "upgrade" messages.
FCC spokesman Mark Wigfield declined a NBC News request for comment on Wednesday's planned action. They further insist that a rollback of regulations would hurt consumers, who might have to pay more to access certain sites or deal with slower connection speeds when streaming music and video.
A poll from Morning Consult and the NCTA found that 61 percent of consumers either strongly or somewhat support net neutrality rules.
Without the guiding principles of Net Neutrality, it is entirely possible Twitter would not have come from a somewhat quirky experimental 140-character SMS service to where we are today, an global company with thousands of employees and a service that incorporates pictures, video, and live streaming and connects the world to every side of what's happening. The provision of a fair and open Internet lies in the hands of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and government agencies that regulate these providers.
"The debate around an open internet has been going on for almost 15 years", Quinn wrote.
Another supporter, the Writers Guild of America, has called the move a "war on the open internet".