/ Cory Doctorow / 5 am Wed, Sep 10 2014
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  • Today is #InternetSlowdown Day

    Today is #InternetSlowdown Day

    All across the Internet, websites and services are staging a mass denial of service attack on themselves, to show the world what the world would look like if Big Cable and AT&T solicit bribes to decide which websites you can reach quickly, and which ones are going to go in the Internet slow-lane.

    The FCC heard from so many Americans who want an Neutral Net that its website crashed. More than a million people told the FCC not to put the cable companies in charge of the Internet -- less than one percent of commenters opposed Net Neutrality.


    Despite the astroturfers who compared a fair Internet to Communism, messages like the scathing John Oliver rant have carried the day in the court of public opinion.

    But will it convince the FCC? Will Tom Wheeler, who used to run the cable lobbyists before he became FCC Chairman, listen to his golf buddies and former colleagues, or to the people he has sworn to serve? Will the FCC be shamed into doing the thing that we all know is right?

    Well, that's up to us.

    Today is #InternetSlowdown Day. It's the day that people all over the Internet show Washington what kind of world they're trying to make -- a world of bland, cable company fuckery, where the thing that determines your success on the Internet is how well your sales force sells the cable company on the premium carriage contract -- not whether you're making something that people love and want to see.

    The net neutrality campaign smashed every FCC comment record. Now we're going to do it again.

    Visit https://www.battleforthenet.com/sept10th/, and get the tools you need to participate: swell avatars for your social media uses, banners and dialog boxes you can install on your site -- everything you need to help boost the net neutrality campaign from millions to tens of millions of people pledging their support for the Web we all want.

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