Markey Joins Symbolic Slowdown

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) long a net neutrality proponent and Big Media critic has joined the Sept. 10 Internet Slowdown protest and the overarching Battle for Net Neutrality campaign. 

His office announced Wednesday that it would be boasting the "loading icon." The protest, aimed at the FCC's ongoing review of network neutrality rules, features a symbolic, rather than actual, slowing of Web sites to remind Web surfers of what an Internet slow lane would look like.    

Markey has long advocated for reclassifying broadband under Title II common carrier regs, though critics of reclassification say that would not prevent pay-for-play priority. 

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.