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.