Net Neutrality: The Internet Fights Back

  Net Neutrality: The Internet Fights Back​

It’s on. Undemocratic forces are working to destroy the Internet we know and love — a magical place of dank memes and video streams, the essential backbone we use to communicate with our loved ones, our families, and our government. And we’re here to fight back.

Big Telecom and FCC chair Ajit Pai (that's the guy in the Reese's mug above) want to overturn the Net Neutrality consumer safeguards — technically known as “Title II” — that the Internet depends on.1, 2, 3, 4

If they get their way, many of our favorite websites and services will be slowed to a crawl, and we’ll end up with an “Internet” that looks more like cable TV — a boring, money-making machine for telecom giants.

We’ve won epic battles for the future of the Internet before,5 —but we can't win this without you. We need millions of people speaking out right now to tell the FCC you support an open Internet and the Title II Net Neutrality protections it relies on.

GET YOUR VOICE ON THE PUBLIC RECORD: TELL THE FCC WHY WE NEED THE OPEN INTERNET.

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Here are some key points we suggest you make to the FCC —remember, you’ll have much more impact if you put these into your own words:

  • The only way to safeguard Net Neutrality is through Title II — without Title II, the rules that keep the Internet free and open will be unenforceable — like having speed limits but no consequences for those who break them.

  • Startups depend on Net Neutrality: If we lose Net Neutrality, innovation will be stifled — snuffing out the next Etsy, Kickstarter, Twitter, YouTube, or Spotify before it even happens — because no startup could afford to pay the steep fees necessary to avoid being put in an Internet Slow Lane.

  • Losing Net Neutrality would make it tougher for independent websites and online content creators to get a foothold with audiences and customers: Imagine if all the videos on your favorite indie website ran much more slowly than those of well-financed competitors.

  • Net Neutrality empowers Internet users: Without Net Neutrality, your telecom provider could decide which websites to speed up and which to slow down — effectively creating an Internet Slow Lane for everyone except wealthy media conglomerates.

  • Losing Net Neutrality will silence marginalized voices —  without an open Internet, only those with deep pockets will be able to afford to reach an audience. It would mean the majority of our Internet will be slowed down, while the promise of a fast web is restricted to powerful interests.

  • Losing Net Neutrality takes power away from citizens and hands it to Big Telecom: When you pay for Internet service you should be the one who gets to decide what to watch and when. The price and speed of your Internet connection shouldn't depend on what you're using that connection for.

The Internet belongs to all of us: What’s at stake is whether we’ll have an Internet that is shaped by users and innovators or one that is controlled by a handful of telecom giants who want to make the Internet slower, more expensive, and more like cable TV. It's time for policy makers to take a firm stand for our access to a fast and open Internet.

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Footnotes:
[1] These are the arguments against net neutrality — and why they’re wrong: TechCrunch
[2] Breaking down the FCC’s proposal to destroy net neutrality: The Verge
[3] The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the internet works: TechCrunch
[4] F.C.C. Invokes Internet Freedom While Trying to Kill It: New York Times
[5] Well, Internet, we did it. We stopped the Internet slow lane: OpenMedia

 

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