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Why today’s big net neutrality protest has a new and unlikely ally in AT&T

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Attendees applaud after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC ruling on net neutrality on February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon, Reddit, Netflix and some of the internet’s biggest entities are part of today’s “Day of Action” – an online protest to preserve so-called net neutrality.

The concept states that all internet data should be treated and priced equally. Current rules encoding net neutrality was set under the Obama administration in 2015, which reclassified internet service providers essentially as a public utility and subject them to more federal oversight.

The new FCC head Ajit Pai appointed by President Trump is a vocal critic of net neutrality. The agency released its proposal to repeal the rules in May and opened up comment period. The online protest today is launched in reaction to that move.

And interestingly, one of the biggest opponents of net neutrality has joined the protest. Internet service provider AT&T announced yesterday that it will partake in “Day of Action,” which got almost everyone on the internet scratching their heads. So why the change of heart?

Guest:

Klint Finley, reporter for Wired who’s been covering the net neutrality debate; he tweets @klintron

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