This year, we’ve been talking a lot about Net Neutrality—and so has everyone else.
That’s because after a tough few years of fighting for Net Neutrality, it has come under threat again, with the FCC recently abandoning the Net Neutrality rules put in place under President Obama.
These rules stopped internet service providers (ISPs) from creating a two-tier internet, in which both companies and consumers would potentially be forced to pay more. By throttling access to one one tier of the net, ISPs could charge businesses more for being on the more accessible portion of the net, the portion that you’re more likely to see. They could also push popular content to the top tier, charging more money for access to that content compared to other less popular pages, sites and videos.
This would be catastrophic for the internet as we know it. The free exchange of ideas, the universal access to content—all of this would die with the death of Net Neutrality. This is what the Battle for the Net is fighting against.
What is the Battle for the Net?
The Battle for the Net is an internet-wide day of action to save Net Neutrality which is set to take place on July 12th this year.
On July 12th, websites, web users and online communities plan to come together stand up for a free and open internet. As the online community has shown time and time again, together our voice is so loud that it cannot be silenced, so this is an opportunity to show the legislators and lawmakers exactly what we believe in and what we want: internet that is equally accessible to all.
Some of the world’s largest and most influential companies are already committed to joining the day of action—including Amazon, Etsy and Vimeo as well as huge and important online communities like Reddit.
How can you join the fight?
The team at Fight for the Future are at the heart of organizing this protest, and they’re providing the tools and information for you to join this huge day of action—and to encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join in as well.
We’ll be posting about the day of action, but for more immediately information and tools, you can join the Battle for the Net by clicking here and signing up to join the protest—especially if you’re a company or have a large following online. Even if you’re an individual, however, your voice is still needed.
To fight for the internet, we need to come together to build our strongest voice. On July 12th, we will.