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The broadband industry has scored a major victory: The  Federal Communications Commission has overturned its own Obama era net neutrality protections.

In a party-line vote, the FCC formally agreed to start the process of gathering feedback before drafting a more specific plan (#bureaucracy). But FCC chair Ajit Pai, has made it clear that, barring a successful legal challenge, the agency will give up its authority to actually enforce net neutrality regulations.

The country’s largest broadband providers say you have nothing to worry about. In fact, the industry now claims to love net neutrality. But what the industry is calling “net neutrality” doesn’t really fit the full definition. It’s a version of net neutrality that doesn’t cover the loopholes internet providers have already discovered. The FCC decided to drop its own protections, you probably won’t wake up one day to find YouTube or Slack blocked. But the principles that made the internet what it is today could still erode over time.

We can all agree that inter-connectivity is part of our future, and its backbone is the internet. It is important that access to the net remains open, accessible and equitable, to ensure that it can continue to benefit humanity as a whole, and not just to the few.

Right now, in the US, the FCC is planning to dismantle Title II net neutrality protections that prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from controlling what Internet users can see by throttling, blocking, and censoring sites and apps, or charging special fees that get passed along to consumers. Big Cable companies are pouring a ton of money into lobbying, misleading ads, and astro-turf campaigns in an attempt to confuse the public. If they succeed, the Internet will never be the same.

Even though this issue is occurring in America, and many of our subscribers are international, we know that a lot of the web hosting companies, social media giants, and tech powerhouses are based in the US. We also know that other countries such as the UK and Australia have contemplated other types of restrictions on the internet which will impact on the open-access nature of the web that a lot of us currently enjoy.

As such, the mod team at /r/Futurology have agreed that we will be joining an Internet-wide day of action (like the SOPA Blackout and the Internet Slowdown) on July 12th to help save net neutrality.

PLEASE click image below to sign:

  • What is net neutrality?

    Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)

  • Why is net neutrality important?

    The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.

  • What will happen on July 12th?

    Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We’ll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!

  • SITES: DISPLAY AN ALERT

    On July 12, sites from across the web will display a prominent alert on their homepage that shows the world what the web will look like without net neutrality. Below are mockups of the “spinning wheel of death”, “blocked”, and “upgrade” alert modals; plan to use the one that best fits your site to encourage users to send a letter to the FCC and Congress in support of net neutrality. To use these modals, you’ll embed a bit of javascript in the header of your site. We’ll be sharing the code for them soon!

    And don’t worry, none of these will actually block, slow, or paywall your site. But, they will let your users submit a comment to the FCC and Congress without having to leave your platform. They will only show up once and users can click away.

Participants

Below is a list of notable websites, companies, and organizations who have confirmed their participation in the July 12th day of action. The list is broad, and represents a wide range of perspectives and online communities. The one thing all of them agree on: defending Title II net neutrality.

  • Fight for the Future
  • Center for Media Justice
  • Free Press Action Fund
  • Demand Progress
  • Amazon
  • Etsy
  • Kickstarter
  • Netflix
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • GitHub
  • Internet Association
  • Private Internet Access
  • Reddit
  • Y Combinator
  • Mozilla
  • PornHub
  • OkCupid
  • 18 Million Rising
  • 99 Designs
  • AALL
  • accessnow
  • ACLU
  • Action Network
  • Adafruit
  • AdBlock
  • American Library Association
  • Anchor Free
  • ASBC
  • Bigchain
  • BitTorrent
  • Bloody Disgusting
  • Brave
  • Burlington Telecom
  • Cash Music
  • CCIA
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Checkout
  • Chess dot com
  • Color of Change
  • Common Cause
  • Consequence of Sound
  • CoWorker
  • CreativeCommons
  • CREDO Action
  • Daily KOS
  • discourse
  • DigitalOcean
  • DFA
  • Dread Central
  • Dream Host
  • DuckDuckGo
  • EFF
  • Engine
  • Expative
  • Experts Exchange
  • Fark
  • FaithfulInternet
  • Free Music Archive
  • Golden Frog
  • Greenpeace
  • Harry Potter Alliance
  • Internet Creators Guild
  • Imgur
  • Internet Archive
  • IPDB
  • IPFS
  • Kink.com
  • Lookfar
  • Linode
  • MAG-Net
  • March for Net Neutrality
  • Mitu
  • ManyVids
  • Media Alliance
  • Media Mobilizing Project
  • Medium
  • MetalSucks.net
  • Minds
  • MoveOn
  • Mpower Change
  • Namecheap
  • The Nation
  • NDIA
  • Newgrounds
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Noiseaware
  • Next Door
  • OFA
  • Open Media
  • Open Technology Institute
  • OReilly Media
  • Open Software Initiative
  • The Other98
  • Pantheon
  • Patreon
  • Popular Resistance
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee
  • Proton Mail
  • Plays.tv
  • PLOS
  • Public Knowledge
  • Race Forward
  • Race Forward
  • Rent the Runway
  • Rock the Vote
  • Shapeways
  • Simple InOut
  • Slashdot
  • Sonic
  • SongMeanings
  • SourceForge
  • SoundCloud
  • StartMail
  • StartPage
  • Ting
  • TeamSnap
  • Twilio
  • USDAC
  • USV
  • Vice Impact
  • Vivaldi
  • Voqal
  • USV
  • Wanderu
  • Witness
  • World Wide Web Foundation
  • Working Narratives
  • Writers Guild of America East
  • Writers Guild of America West
  • ZenMate
  • Feel free to use these alerts, or create a unique message that makes sense for your site. For example, if you primarily host video, put the spinning wheel of death on every video with a link to battleforthenet.com so your users can submit a comment to the FCC and Congress.
  • APPS: SEND A PUSH NOTIFICATION

    Do you run a popular mobile app? Tell your users that ISPs want new powers to control what they see and do online.

    push

  • EVERYONE: SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    Are you a social media user? Change your avatar to a dreaded loading sign below. And be sure to share these images on Facebook and Twitter.

  • HELP US GET CREATIVE!

    We’re just getting started with organizing this massive day of action, so sign up and we’ll get in touch soon with more information. If you have ideas or want to help, let us know. If you run a high-traffic website, startup, or small business, get in touch. We need you!

  • Battle for the Net is a project of:

  • Fight for the Future
  • Free Press Action Fund
  • Demand Progress

Regardless of your political beliefs, this issue affects all redditors. Online communities like ours wouldn’t exist without the principles of net neutrality that foster creativity and innovation on the web. We’ve worked together to defend the Internet before, now we need to do it again.

Let’s have a conversation about how we as redditors can organize together for July 12th to make sure that decision-makers in Washington, DC listen to real Internet users, not just telecom lobbyists.

Reddit itself has agreed to participate in the day of action along with popular sites like Amazon, Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo, GitHub, and Mozilla. Dozens of other subreddits have already jointed too. This is going to be big.

But there’s so much we can do together, from flooding the FCC and Congress with comments and phone calls to organizing in-person meetings with our lawmakers. Learn more about the day of action at https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12 and let’s discuss in the comments below!

[–]Valianttheywere 11 points 9 days ago

We need international laws recognizing public ownership of global bandwidth, and a limit of equal bandwidth share for all the same as we should for carbon credits.

[–]boytjie 5 points 7 days ago

Sign me up for whatever is decided. I’m not American so (I would imagine) impacts from the international community won’t be great.

[–]thestickystickmanpoop lol 2 points 8 days ago

I think it’s pointless. We can try and keep fighting it, but if it’s what the ISPs want, they’re going to get it eventually. They only have to win once, we have to win every time.

[–]Dichlorodifluorometh 5 points 2 days ago*

Alternatively, if we win enough, maybe people will finally stop trying to remove neutrality in the net.

[–]boytjie 1 point 1 day ago

Just venting.

We can all agree that interconnectivity is part of our future, and its backbone is the internet. It is important that access to the net remains open, accessible and equitable, to ensure that it can continue to benefit humanity as a whole, and not just to the few.

FFS this should be the default. The onus should be on the telecom lobbyists to ‘have a conversation about how they can organize to make sure that decision-makers in Washington, DC listen to telecom lobbyists’ on how they can compromise net neutrality’.

On what planet would internet users want a compromised internet? Where they must ‘demonstrate support’ for net neutrality? “Oh, unless we are shown unequivocal support, we assume you want throttling, blocking, and censoring sites and apps, and the charging of special fees that get passed along to consumers.” Duh!

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