Protect the Internet by Defending Net Neutrality
If you hate this loading symbol,then defend the
open and neutral
Internet we have now.
Sept. 10th is “Internet Slowdown“ Day. A day to bring attention to cable companies’ efforts to slow down certain websites and services, for profit.
[It] starts at midnight September 10th and runs all day until 11:59 p.m., so, if you want to participate, do it during those times to make the biggest impact. More importantly, you can make your feelings known directly to the FCC by sending an email to email@example.com before September 15, 2014. So far they have received more than 1.1 million comments and only 1% oppose net neutrality, but it is still important that you add your voice to that cacophonic roar of support for an open, net neutral Internet.
The cable companies – Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable – are spending a fortune to eliminate net neutrality. If they win, they will be allowed to slow the Internet for any websites that don’t pay them arbitrary fees to provide the speeds we enjoy today. That means that only websites backed by large corporations or deep pockets will be palatable to an Internet consumer that has come to enjoy fast-loading websites’ photos and videos.
…Most of us are consumers and creators to varying degrees, using the Internet for business and for fun. The Internet has become more of an integral part of our daily lives than even television and radio. …
Are they fighting to get rid of net neutrality because they know how heavily dependent we have all become on the Internet for our entertainment and our livelihoods? Providing Internet service gives these cable companies a great deal of power to control content and use by controlling speed.
We lose as consumers who have come to enjoy what the Internet provides: variety, originality, discovery, technology, creativity, connection and content from people just like us from around the world, or from different points of view. We lose as consumers of companies like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Roku, and others that provide access to streaming content for very low fees.
What to do?
Join this growing list of defenders of the Internet and its neutrality. It is a fight for our rights and freedom; a fight to make legislators accountable to the public and the public interest; a fight against greed and power. A fight to keep the Internet open, by keeping cable companies from discriminating against different kinds of websites and services based on who can pay or who they like.
We have until September 15, 2014 to tell the FCC how we feel about this issue. Most supporters of net neutrality feel it comes down to this: ask the FCC to reclassify Internet access as a common carrier under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, providing similar protections afforded to the broadcast of television and radio signals.
If you can, send the FCC an email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or write a blog post; or send a tweet; or talk to your friends and family about it; or find your own way to help defend an open, neutral Internet.
It may be a long shot, but it is a shot worth taking. If we don’t act now, it may soon be too late.
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