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Stop the Secrecy

Is the FCC about to betray 5+ million people?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Josh Tabish

We’ve just learned that U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is considering a plan that could fall far short of what 5+ million of you have spoken out for: strong, enforceable rules that ban slow lanes on the Internet.1

With an official plan coming from the FCC as early as November 20th, we must act fast to prepare our next steps. We’ve got a rapid-response campaign in the works, but we will need help to make it as loud as possible.

What happens in the U.S. will be seen as an example for other countries worldwide. It’s crucial that we win this fight--if not, Internet slow lanes could quickly expand across the globe.

Leaks show the U.S. FCC is considering a new, watered-down plan in hopes of dividing and confusing us, and allowing Big Telecom to put your Internet use in a slow lane.

We need to be ready to put as much pressure on them as possible before they vote on the plan later this year. It’s no exaggeration to say that the next six weeks could change the Internet forever – regardless of where you live.2

With your help, we’ve brought together millions to speak out against the Internet slow lane worldwide, negotiated with senior White House officials3, and met directly with powerful FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn.4

That’s a lot of pressure, but we can’t underestimate our opponents: Big Telecom has managed to get Tom Wheeler, one of their own ex-lobbyists, into the top decision-making role.

99% of the public wants common sense rules to keep the Internet open and free.5

Who will Wheeler listen to? Us, or his old pals?

We won’t let Wheeler and the FCC ignore you and Internet users worldwide in favour of deep-pocketed, price-gouging telecom companies. Please donate today -- even a little bit helps fight cronyist-driven Internet slow lanes.

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Say No to Internet Slow Lanes

1. FCC ‘Net Neutrality’ Plan Calls for More Power Over Broadband. Source: Wall Street Journal 

2. Why US Net Neutrality debate matters globally. Source: The Hill

3. Together, we made President Obama speak out on the Internet slow lane. Source: OpenMedia

4. We’re taking your voice straight to an FCC commissioner who could stop the Internet slow lane. Source: OpenMedia

5. What can we learn from 800,000 public comments on the FCC’s net neutrality plan? Source: Sunlight Foundation