Supporting Net Neutrality #NetNeutrality

Today we are joining the internet-wide day of action in support of net neutrality. We hope you’ll join as well.

BattleForTheNet.com and DearFCC.org have great templates you can use to quickly support net neutrality.

If you have time and would like to contact the FCC directly with a personal message Mashable published this fantastic piece containing 4 suggestions for writing an impactful personal statement.

If you’re more of a phone person check out 5Calls.org where you’ll find important phone numbers to call based on your location and a script to use! Make sure you’ve updated your location before you start dialing.

Here’s a bare bones definition of net neutrality from Wikipedia:

Network neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.[15] Internet traffic includes all of the different messages, files and data sent over the Internet, including, for example, emails, digital audio files, digital video files, etc. According to Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu, the best way to explain network neutrality is that a public information network will end up being most useful if all content, websites, and platforms (e.g., mobile devices, video game consoles, etc.) are treated equally.[16] A more detailed proposed definition of technical and service network neutrality suggests that service network neutrality is the adherence to the paradigm that operation of a service at a certain layer is not influenced by any data other than the data interpreted at that layer, and in accordance with the protocol specification for that layer.[17]

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You can read more about today’s concern and call to action in Mashable’s article on writing an impactful net neutrality comment, BattleForTheNet.com, DearFCC.org and 5Calls.org.

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  1. net neutrality is the single most dangerous thing that could be done to destroy the free and open internet. by classifiying it as a "utility" you are giving the govrnment the legal authority to censor the internet at will simply "because we say so"

  2. To be clear and simple that’s not actually how “utilities” are designated, let alone regulated, in America – à la water and sewage, gas and electrical.

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