Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "If you woke up tomorrow, and your Internet looked like this, what would you do?"
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. 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.
Everyone else, here's a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown.
Get creative! Don't let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!
Sept. 10th is the Internet Slowdown
The European Union is in the final stage of deciding on net neutrality, and as it stands their proposal contains major loopholes that threaten the open Internet in Europe and around the world. BEREC, the EU regulator, is holding a final public comment period that will end on July 18.
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