Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

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9 thoughts on “Battle For The Net

  1. You should try living where I do. 5mb down when the kids are around and 300k up (shock). Its a three tiered system here 🙂 City (fastest) Towns(fast) Rural (make another cup of coffee ) Wales is a few years behind on thinks 😀

  2. I was ready to roll, and then realized that I’m a day late and a dollar short. How did the slowdown go? I’m behind the times with catching up after our August trip. We’ve been distracted. My mother-in-law died the night of my father-in-law’s memorial on the island in Maine. Haven’t quite gotten ourselves completely together since then.

    • Holy ouching ouches! So sorry for you–I haven’t quite gotten myself completely together since my father’s death and it’s been four years–
      It’s super-rough when they fall so close together like that.

      Don’t know really how much the slowdown accomplished. Truth is I am rarely that much of an activist. I usually don’t know what to do, don’t have the time, or have to think about my family and security too much to get too involved in a lot of things. This was pretty clear-cut what could be done and why. It took very little effort really. Not a ton of sacrifice on my part. I’m hardly posting much these days anyway. But if it helps spread the word….this I think is a lot more important than a lot of people realize. When free dissemination of information is threatened, it says a lot about the real state of things in this country and I guess a lot of people just don’t want to look at it. Truth is I’m scared shitless about a lot of things in our future and this at least was something I felt I could actually do something about (even if my contribution is relatively trivial).

      Take care and take time–

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