Good news everyone! Our friends at reddit are crowd-sourcing a formal submission to the U.S. FCC about proposed rules that could force businesses and users everywhere into an Internet slow lane. As many of you already know, U.S. Big Telecom companies have been aggressively pushing a set of rules that would force everyone except those with deep, deep pockets (think: major media conglomerates) into a second-tier of service that could slow their content to a crawl.
At the heart of the debate is the status of “net neutrality” – arguably the founding principle of the Internet, and a key component to innovation online. Those familiar with reddit (AKA: “the front page of the Internet”) will be unsurprised that the company has come out strongly in support of the open Internet and authentic net neutrality.
While there are many reasons to be concerned about the future of net neutrality, we think reddit sums it pretty well:
Finally, it's not just companies like reddit, Tumblr, Google or Facebook that will be stifled by the Chairman's proposal. This will have a chilling effect on the funding of new startups. It'll put the mom & pop online businesses & the one-person internet shops at a severe disadvantage by placing them in the slow lane.
Since its inception, reddit has been very active in the fight for the open Internet. With OpenMedia, they’ve played a supportive role in recent campaigns on net neutrality and the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Internet censorship plan. These include Stop The Secrecy, Say No to the Internet Slow Lane, and our most recent TPP campaign, Save Free Expression Online, where we amplified the concerns of over 19,000 people whose comments we delivered to TPP negotiators in Ottawa.
Given this history of collaboration, we’re very excited to share their crowd-sourcing initiative with you, and hope to add the weight of our growing international pro-Internet community to the broader push back against Internet slow lanes. Be sure to join them today!