By Angelica Cabral
June 16, 2017
On Thursday, Netflix reversed course and announced its support for the Net Neutrality Day of Action on its Twitter account:
Netflix will never outgrow the fight for #NetNeutrality. Everyone deserves an open Internet. https://t.co/iHfQUjfq2x
— Netflix US (@netflix) June 15, 2017
Only two weeks ago, Netflix had seemingly decided to leave the net neutrality fight behind. At Recode’s Code Conference, CEO Reed Hastings said that net neutrality—the principle that prevents internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon from slowing down certain websites and prioritizing others—was not its “primary battle” at the moment, adding that Netflix can “get the deals we want” and that it’s up to other companies, such as Amazon and Mozilla, to continue the fight.
In May, the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission voted to roll back regulations put in place by the Obama administration to protect net neutrality. The July 12 day of action will bring together multiple companies to “sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality,” according to organizer Fight for the Future’s website.