Freedom of speech is a fundamental part of the First Amendment—this basic right is worth fighting for. Do you want to support and participate in the collective movement to defend our right to free and open internet? There are a lot of ways you can help to save net neutrality and the protection it provides.
Understand what the advocacy involves
Be informed. You cannot push for something you do not fully understand. Your first step is to explore this website to have a deeper understanding of what net neutrality really is. This advocacy is all about fighting any possibility of internet censorship and unfair and unequal treatment of web traffic and sites. Nobody should be in control of what any internet user sees or shares online.
Net neutrality is under threat today because of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recent plan to quash the net neutrality rules adopted by the agency during the administration of Barack Obama.
Sign the “Save Net Neutrality” petition
Get the FCC to listen to the appeal of the people calling for protection of their right to free speech. As of this writing, more than 120,000 people already have signed the petition. By simply signing the, you can show your support for a free and open internet.
Let your voice be heard on social media
Share informative posts on Facebook and Twitter that enlighten people about the merits of net neutrality and how losing it will impact their use of the internet. Encourage your friends and followers to support this advocacy by joining the protest actions, spearing the word online and offline, or even simply signing the online petition to save net neutrality.
Send your thoughts to the FCC
Let the FCC know about how you feel about the proposal to repeal the net neutrality rules. Write a.…
If the participation in the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality last July 12 was any indication, the fight against the plan of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to end net neutrality will go on until the Trump administration listens to the public opinion that champions free speech.
No one supports the government’s plan, except for the major players in the broadband industry and their trade groups.
Highlights of the July 12 Day of Action
The outpouring of support from numerous individuals and organization of the battle for net neutrality has been overwhelming, according to the event organizers. Here are what the Internet-Wide Day of Action was able to accomplish:
- More than 100,000 people, online creators, activists, and groups signed up to join the Day of Action.
- Millions of online visitors saw the messages of protest on participating sites
- Millions of people wrote messages to the FCC in support of net neutrality
- The event trended on Twitter and Facebook, with the hashtag #NetNeutrality
- Over five million people sent emails and made phone calls appealing to Congress to stop the FCC’s plan
- The advocacy to fight the FCC plan received enormous support from big companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, Mozilla, eBay, Airbnb, Spotify, Vimeo, Tinder, OKCupid, and more. Through their websites, the call for taking action has been spread all over America.
- Groups representing various advocacies also expressed their support for the movement, including the likes of Greenpeace, Center for Media Justice, Creative Commons, and Women’s March. There was a consensus that without a free and open internet, made possible by net neutrality, it would be difficult to fight for causes such as LGBT rights, racial justice, voting rights, and reproductive rights, among many others.
The fight is not over yet
The successful rally may have ended, but the movement is only the beginning. A lawsuit against the FCC plan is currently in the works to ensure that the protection that the net neutrality provides is sustained and will not be destroyed.…
Using the internet comes with certain expectations, like the ability to access any website you would like to visit or any content or application you would like to use. As an internet user, you expect that your service provider—more so the government—will not mess up or meddle with your right and freedom to consume the internet the way you want. That is the essence of net neutrality.
If this is your first time to encounter this hotly discussed issue in the recent times, then here are the most important facts you need to be aware of to see if your beliefs align with this position.
1. Net neutrality advocates free and open communication online
Net neutrality protects and enables our freedom of speech on the internet. This is the basic internet guiding principle that makes it possible for you to freely access and share any information you choose without anyone keeping you from doing so. This means that internet service providers or ISPs should not slow down, speed up, or block any content, app, or site that you want to view or interact with. It is how the internet has always worked.
2. Internet could be prone to abuse without it
Internet is all about open connectivity—without a set of reasonable net neutrality rules, the internet will lose what it is essentially. It will turn into a closed network controlled and manipulated by ISPs in various ways, like charging higher fees to content companies in exchange for favorable treatment or slowing down the content of competitors. If your ISP disagrees with the opinions expressed on your site or blog, it could be blocked.
3. Net neutrality is in danger
In a historic move, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted net neutrality rules in 2015 after so much lobbying from activists. Two years later, net neutrality is in danger of getting killed. The current FCC chairperson pushes to end this internet guiding principle, and the agency decided to allow the plan to push through.…