Net Neutrality Day July 12, 2017 — Keep the Internet Weird, Baby!

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What is net neutrality?

Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet.  “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers).

Why is net neutrality important?

The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality.  It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas.  Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.

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What will happen on July 12?

Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.  From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption.  Now, we have to do it again!

For more information see:  https://www.battleforthenet.com/

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~ Keep the Internet Weird, Baby! ~

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7 thoughts on “Net Neutrality Day July 12, 2017 — Keep the Internet Weird, Baby!

  1. One excuse those who don’t want net neutrality uses is that it wants to be able to silence the amount of ‘hate speech’ going around. Also that groups like ISIS are using the net to recruit more young soldiers. I don’t doubt that. However, when you begin something like that, where do you stop? I know if the net had been around in the 80s, I would have been targeted by the PMRC and religious groups for talking about evil rock albums.

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    1. Exactly, it comes down to free speech and freedom of expression. These core freedoms are important elements of any free society.

      Law enforcement has many tools at its disposal and illegal activity online can be tracked, perhaps easier than smoke signals and meetings in bunkers, for example.

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