A huge chorus of voices is rising against the FCC's plan to allow Internet Slow Lanes. We've almost hit 100,000 signatures on our website - will you help us take this campaign to the next level? Go to https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and speak out!
Speaking out against the Internet Slow Lane is having a powerful effect, as the FCC is set to reconsider rule changes that could destroy Net Neutrality. Want to take the next step? Check out this piece by our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. And, if you haven't already, help stop the Internet Slow lane at http://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane
Article by April Glaser for EFF
It’s been hard to go a day without hearing news about the Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, and his highly contested plan for the future of network neutrality. Google and Netflix signed a letter with nearly 150 other Internet companies calling on the FCC to reconsider its plan, which would purportedly bless the creation of “Internet fast lanes.” Over a million people across the country have spoken out against that idea, worried that a “pay to play” Internet will be less hospitable to competition, innovation, and expression.
Giant U.S. cable companies are throwing a hissy fit over the possibility that the FCC might prevent them from creating Internet Slow Lanes.
Article by Brad Reed for BGR
It was all going so, so well for American ISPs. Not only did they have a former cable lobbyist as head of the Federal Communications Commission, but he was even planning to push through a new proposal that would have given them the power to create separate Internet fast lanes where they could charge more to Internet companies to ensure their traffic got delivered faster. And to top it all off, many of them were planning to engage in a huge wave of mergers that would give them even more power over the broadband and/or pay TV markets, from Comcast-Time Warner Cable to Sprint-T-Mobile to AT&T-DirecTV.
Citizens, tech companies, major decision-makers, and innovators agree: save the open Internet, don't let cable companies build Internet slow lanes. Speak out at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and share this great piece by our partners at The Nation with all of your friends.
Article by John Nichols for The Nation
Federal Communications Commission chair Tom Wheeler created a firestorm when he proposed to establish an Internet fast lane that would favor free-spending corporations and special-interest groups, while discriminating against those who cannot pay to play. Wheeler’s assault on Net Neutrality, the first amendment of the Internet, has been met with determined opposition from a broad range of Americans who want to maintain honest competition and a democratic discourse in the digital era.
Our impact is being felt: U.S. Big Telecom are running scared with last-ditch effort to force the Internet slow lane
This is a crucial moment for the Internet. In just 48 hours, changes at the U.S. FCC could slow many of your favourite websites to a crawl. Innovation on the net could be brought to a standstill. Fight back here: https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane.
Wow! Our Say No to the Internet Slow Lane campaign is part of a viral response to save Net Neutrality! Make sure to sign on at http://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane and check out this awesome Reddit post on how you can get involved.
Article from Reddit
As you may have seen from all the recent discussion around Net Neutrality, we find ourselves at a critical crossroads for the continued development of an open Internet. This Thursday, the FCC will be unveiling their “Open Internet” proposal. If we all want to protect universal access to the communications networks that we all depend on to connect with ideas, information, and each other, then we must stand up for our rights to connect and communicate.
You’ve heard the story over and over again. A couple of college friends are sitting in their dorm rooms, messing around with some code, probably getting a bit tipsy. They come up with a great website or app idea, hack together a working version, drink a few more beers, and wake up the next morning a little groggy but with the next great online innovation happily blinking away on their screen.
All they need now is an Internet connection and a decent marketing strategy, and our college buddies are on their way to creating a billion dollar idea that could revolutionize the way that we use the Internet, the way we interact with each other, and who knows what else.
This bits-to-billions success story encapsulates everything that we love about the Internet, but it could become a thing of the past if U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proceeds with proposed rule changes that could create an Internet Slow Lane that could cripple many of your favorite websites.