Wednesday, July 12 is a National Day of Action to defend the net neutrality rules that allow ordinary people the same amount of access to the Internet as the big corporations.
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) July 11, 2017
You’ve probably heard a lot about “fake news” lately. If net neutrality goes away, it’s the Internet Service Providers (your phone, wireless, cable company) who will get to decide how much it costs for your message to reach readers, listeners and viewers. It’s not hard to imagine that if making money or gaining power is your primary reason for being online, you’ll pay the toll to get your “news” (fake or not) out. Cost of doing business. If you’re sharing your expertise, or just spouting off (it’s your right), you’ll probably find the toll a little too steep, and find some other way to sound off.
Whenever you’re seeing this, do take the time to visit the Battle for the Net site right now, where you’ll get a variety of tools to make an impact:
- File a comment with the Federal Communications Commission (copied to your members of Congress)
- Share the fight on Facebook and Twitter
- Show up at your congressional offices at 6PM on Wednesday to tell your representatives what you think
- Make a video to show the FCC you’re a real live human, not a troll or a bot!
- Oh yeah, they’ll ask for money too, if you have some to spare
I’m proud that Automattic, the company behind WordPress, will be part of this one-day action. Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Private Internet Access, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, PornHub, Medium, and hundreds of other major sites are also participating.
Thanks for taking action! Feel free to discuss your actions and responses in the comments.