Last year, more than 40,000 websites participated in the Internet Slowdown to demand real net neutrality. It worked! But monopolistic Cable companies are pouring millions into a last ditch effort to derail the FCC’s historic vote. Help us flood Washington, DC with calls and emails to show lawmakers that the whole Internet is watching, and we’re literally counting down the seconds until we get real net neutrality.
If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do?
Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.
Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?
On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.
If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th
Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown
Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!
via Battle For The Net.
Here are some excellent articles for additional depth. They cover the issue, its political history, the struggles we’ve overcome, and the fight ahead in Congress.
Everything You’ve Wanted To Know About Net Neutrality But Were Afraid To Ask Techdirt
A Timeline of Net Neutrality Public Knowledge
The wrong words: how the FCC lost net neutrality and could kill the internet The Verge
The wrong words: how the FCC lost net neutrality and could kill the internet Business Insider
FCC received a total of 3.7 million comments on net neutrality The Verge
How the FCC Plans to Save the Internet By Destroying It: An Explainer Ryan Singel
President Obama takes a huge leap forward on net neutrality LA Times
FCC Chief Unveils Sweeping Net-Neutrality Rules National Journal
Net neutrality battle pitches activists and FCC against Big Cable and GOP The Guardian
The GOP game plan on net neutrality Politico
New poll: Republicans and Democrats both overwhelmingly support net neutrality Washington Post
5 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Net Neutrality Mic
Op-Ed: Why Independent Music Fans Need Real Net Neutrality Pitchfork
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