TRON (TRX) Founder and CEO Demonstrates His Support for Net Neutrality

Siamak Masnavi

On Thursday (1 November 2018), Justin Sun, the founder and CEO of TRON Foundation, announced his support for net neutrality, and demonstrated this support with a $10,000 pledge to DonateForNetNeutrality.com, a crowdfunding effort by the non-profit organization "Fight for the Future", which was founded in 2011 with the mission of ensuring "that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core." The goal of this organization is "to build tech-enhanced campaigns that resonate with millions of people, enabling them to consolidate their power and win historic changes thought to be impossible."

Net neutrality "is the principle that Internet service providers treat all data on the Internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication."

Fight for the Future's latest campaign is about putting pressure on the U.S. Congress to save net neutrality -- which was killed on 11 June 2018 following a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in December 2017 -- by passing legislation that would "effectively force the FCC to bring back the rules the FCC approved in 2015." Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), "Congress, with the approval of the president, can not only reject regulations issued by a federal agency but effectively bar that agency from taking similar action again."

The DonateForNetNeutrality.com website says that although the Senate has already passed a resolution, "now the House is running out of time to do the same." It further says that the money being raised will be used to the following:

  • "Flood Congress with phone calls, tweets, and emails"
  • "Run crowdfunded billboards, newspaper ads, and online ads"
  • "Organize in-district actions and events"

Here is how Justin announced his support for this campaign on Twitter:

The press release by the TRON Foundation says that Justin's $10,000 donation will "help fund efforts to educate voters in key districts across the country to vote pro-net neutrality and support lawmakers to reverse the decision that ended net neutrality." This donation comes shortly after TRON's "initial pledge of $3M to the Blockchain Charity Foundation headed by Binance."

The press release also contained the following quote from Justin:

"Given my deep belief in an open and decentralized internet, I support Donatefornetneutrality.com and urge others to do the same in this critical moment where Congress can still act in favor of net neutrality. When the internet is free and open, it fosters innovation that benefits not just a few, but all of us. It's our responsibility to protect these core values and push our community towards the cause."

Justin, who is also the CEO of BitTorrent, apparently "plans to energize support from the BitTorrent community of over 100M users." BitTorrent "has a long-standing history of supporting net neutrality and also Fightforthefuture.org and Donatefornetneutrality.com through campaigns that have urged tens of millions of users to get involved."

Featured Image Courtesy of the TRON Foundation

Opera Browser to Add Support for TRON, Multiple Other Blockchains Within a Year

The popular Opera browser, which reportedly has over 300 million users, is reportedly soon adding support for TRON’s TRX on its crypto wallet, as part of a plan to support ‘multiple blockchains’ in the next 12 months.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, the integration is going to see Opera users be able to natively use TRON-powered decentralized applications (dApps) within the browser, and store TRX and TRC-standard tokens in the browser’s built-in cryptocurrency wallet.

Until now, Opera’s wallet only supported the Ethereum blockchain, meaning users could only store ether and ERC-20 tokens on it. It was introduced back in July of last year, and launched on Opera’s main Android browser in December. The wallet has also been added to Opera’s desktop browser.

Commenting on the addition, TRON Foundation CEO Justin Sun stated:

We are excited that Opera, a mainstream browser with hundreds of millions of users, will now seamlessly support TRX and other TRON tokens. Soon, Opera users will be able to use dApps on the TRON blockchain.

Contacted by The Next Web on whether there was demand to support the TRON blockchain, Opera revealed “TRON is one of the fastest developing blockchains with plenty of dApps so it’s a logical step” to add it, as it aims to grow the dApp ecosystem.

The decision is notable, as a researcher has earlier this month found a critical TRON bug that could’ve crashed the entire blockchain. The bug has since been fixed. Opera’s move is reportedly part of a wider rollout that’ll see it add “support for multiple blockchains within the next 12 months.”

Which cryptocurrencies the Norwegian browser developer will add or when TRON support will be rolled out is currently unclear. It’s worth noting that earlier Opera partnered with HTC to build a seamless wallet experience for the firm’s blockchain phone users.