#InternetSlowdown: The battle for net neutrality and what it means for YOU

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled Hump Day Reviews for this important announcement from Fight for the Future and Team Internet!

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this – on every page – what would you do?

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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 – stuff like THIS SITE! Worse, 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/sept10th

Everyone 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

And for another easy and important way to take action:

  1. Go to http://www.fcc.gov/comments
  2. Click on “14-28”
  3. Comment “I want internet service providers classified as common carriers.”
  4. Be sure to click “confirm”!

Don’t let big corporations tell you what to do. Keep your freedom of speech FREE!

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