FOCUS: Freedom of Speech/Equal Access to Information
GOAL: Show widespread support for net neutrality
DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 12th – Day of Action
You like the Internet, right? You probably use it a lot for work, for keeping in touch with friends and family, for researching travel plans and recipes and everything else in your life, and – yes – for LOL Cats. (Don’t be ashamed. We all do it.)
But, what if you suddenly couldn’t access certain sites? Or, what if your access to certain sites (Or – gods forbid – the entire Internet!) was throttled to a brain-achingly slow speed that made you want to throw your digital devices through a window? What if your own business website was shunted to an Internet slow lane, frustrating your customers or – worse – making your site basically invisible to future customers? And what if the only you could – as either a consumer or a business owner – get access to fast Internet was by paying higher, “premium” fees set by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who could charge whatever they wanted?
And let’s think for just a minute about how a restricted Internet, controlled by corporations who are beholden to the current administration and vice versa, would negatively affect The Resistance. How would you stay on top of the news, communicate with your peers, organize events, get information out to others? What if you didn’t have free and fast access to your Facebook groups, blogs, news sites, etc?
No worries, right? Because Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T totally have YOUR best interests at heart and would never put their profits ahead of the free Internet.
The fact is, all of these scenarios and more are very possible (if not downright likely) if Trump’s FCC Chairman (who also *cough* happens to be a former Verizon lawyer *cough*) Ajit Pai is successful in undoing the existing net neutrality laws. The ISPs have been lobbying hard for this change even while they’ve been making promises that they would *never* do anything to change the way the free Internet works. And, all of this will be coming to a head very soon.
WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT:
Happily, an excellent group of folks have put together some easy tools to help you take action and be part of a special, coordinated, event happening TOMORROW – Wednesday, July 12th – online.
Visit the Battle for the Net site for all the details plus downloadable graphics and other assets.
Brought to you by Fight for the Future (FFTF), freepress, and Demand Progress (three organizations worth following, by the way), this event brings together dozens of groups and businesses to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. All your favorites will be there: Amazon, Etsy, Kickstarter, Netflix, Twitter, the ACLU, airbnb, the American Library Association, Change.org, Deviant Art, patreon, Pinterest, and many, many more.
So, what are you waiting for? GET INVOLVED! If you love the Internet, fight to keep it!
Again, visit Battle for the Net to get all kinds of digital goodies:
- A whole folder full of clever memes
- Another folder full of banner ads
- A doc full of sample tweets and other copy
And that’s just a small sampling.
Other Things You Can Do in Addition to Joining the Battle:
- Sign the Freepress petition
- Call the FCC and let them know why you care about maintaining Title II protections for Net Neutrality. Tel: 202-418-2000
- Use the Freepress form to send an email to the FCC.
- Let Freepress dial the right people so you can tell them why you care about saving net neutrality.
ADDITIONAL READING & INFO:
- From freepress: Net Neutrality Violations: A Brief History
- If you are really interested in learning more and have ninety minutes, here’s a recording of a panel discussion hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute.
- If you only have two minutes, check out this micro guide from The Skimm.
- Got four minutes? Here’s a listen from WBUR: Boston Tech Community Worries About Plans To Chip Away At Net Neutrality Regulations
- From the London School of Economics and Political Science: Net-Neutrality: The First Amendment of the Internet
- From the ACLU: What is Net Neutrality?
- From the LA Times: A long-but-entertaining piece: “A brief, strange history of net neutrality (including a ‘series of tubes,’ a dingo and James Harden).”
And here’s John Oliver’s excellent overview of the situation:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92vuuZt7wak] .
TO REACH YOUR MOCs:
1. Reach MOCs via the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
2. Look up your elected senators and reps.
3. Use Faxzero to send free faxes from your computer to your Senator or Congressperson.
4. Use Resistbot to send faxes to your senators right from your phon.: Text the word “RESIST” to 50409.