On July 12th, the internet is planning a day of action to save net neutrality, just like the SOPA blackout and Internet Slowdown

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 by Caleb Chen
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On July 12th, Private Internet Access will join other technology companies in a day of action to save net neutrality. Companies supporting the Battle for the Net day of action include Github, Mozilla, Kickstarter, Etsy, Amazon, Vimeo, BitTorrent, and many more. July 12th was chosen because it is days before the end of the first FCC comment period. The day of action is being organized by Fight for the Future (FFTF). FFTF commented:

“From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!”

Join us on July 12th to save net neutrality

Noticeably absent from the list of supporting tech companies that wish to save net neutrality is Netflix, whose CEO Reed Hastings has recently commented that net neutrality is no longer Netflix’s concern or battle. Not all companies feel the same, though. Michael Cheah, general counsel at Vimeo, one of the tech companies backing the day of action, commented to The Guardian:

“Net neutrality made it possible for Vimeo, along with countless other startups, to innovate and thrive. The FCC’s proposed rollback of the 2015 open internet rules threatens to impede that innovation and allow a handful of incumbent ISPs to determine winners and losers.”

If net neutrality is lost, Americans could soon be stuck with an Internet where your favorite services and websites are forced into a slow lane online, while the websites and services owned by your ISP, or extra cosy with them, will not count towards your data cap. You could even get a taste of an internet without net neutrality by using the Removal of Net Neutrality simulator, a Google Chrome extension that demonstrates the slippery slope of a closed internet. The end result will be a barrier of entry to the internet ecosystem, at both the on and off ramps, that will impede growth in the industry – including shackling the nascent internet of things movement. If this doesn’t sound like the internet that you want to use, then join us today, on July 12th, and every day between and after to continue to fight for an open internet and save net neutrality.

Disclosure: Private Internet Access is a financial supporter of FFTF

About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.

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6 Comments

  1. Motoko Kusinagi

    So, again..what is happening? “Come together to sound the alarm?” @TheGift73:disqus, I’ve been all over that page multiple times. The only thing that even hints at anything specific is “we’ll provide tools to make it super easy for (___) to take action. What action are we taking? This isn’t a heist movie – you just can’t explain the plan on the way to the job and expect it to work. I’m all for supporting this, but the lack of details makes me think that either 1) there’s something illegal planned, or 2) you’ve got nothing at all and think our hopes and dreams are somehow magically going to fix this.

    3 years ago
  2. Stimpy

    If you don’t have Google on board you lose.

    3 years ago
  3. Nate Zoet

    What is supposed to happen on the 12th? Sites all go down? Big banner ad announcing the Net Neutrality repeal? Missing a key point

    3 years ago
    1. Chris

      Come together and sound the alarm, apparently.

      I really don’t get how they think they’ll gather support with a big campaign if they refuse to say what’s going to happen. For all I know, they’re planning to hack Comcast and replace all their logos with Nazi flags. Hurr durr.

      I’m sure as hell not signing up to back a protest that won’t even reveal what they plan to be doing in my name.

      3 years ago
  4. James Wut

    Soooo… what are you doing? Missing one major key point here..

    3 years ago