Join /r/Futurology on July 12th for the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality


Hi /r/Futurology

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.

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 astroturf 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.](https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12)**

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!



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4 Comments

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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