By James Green ~ September 10th, 2014 9:00 AM MST
Wednesday the 10th of September websites across the net have joined the Battle for the Net, and are displaying a spinning progress bar to raise awareness for net neutrality. Internet providers are trying to pass a law in congress that would allow them to create a paid internet “fast-lane.” This would allow internet providers to segregate data and charge customers a higher rate based on the content they are accessing. We cannot allow this to happen.
The internet is currently an equal playing field for everyone who accesses it. An internet “fast-lane” would benefit people who could afford to pay higher rates and hurt those who couldn’t, small businesses would be forever at a disadvantage to larger corporations. The law the internet providers are pushing congress to pass is nothing more than a money grab, and terrifyingly congress is seriously considering passing it.
It only takes 60 seconds for you to defend the net.
- Visit the FCC’s at http://www.fcc.gov/comments.
- Select proceeding 14-28 “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet,” this should be near the top (as of this writing it is third on the list).
- Fill out your information in the boxes provided, please use your real information.
- In the comments box write, “I want internet service providers classified as common carriers.” If you feel strongly about protecting the net, and we hope you do, leave your own message as well.
It takes no time at all to tell congress that you want the internet to remain open and fair. Don’t let internet providers change the structure of the net.
Battle for the Net has also created a great infographic outlining the dangers of the purposed law change, we have published their infographic below.