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A little video I did to explain what’s going on with 'network neutrality'


The Commission’s proposed rule for “fast lanes” on the Internet that would cost extra has generated millions of comments since July

Net neutrality advocates mounted a large video billboard outside Federal Communications Commission headquarters Monday, on the last day for public comment on the Commission’s proposed Internet regulations. The laws, if approved, would allows Internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast to create “fast lanes” that users can pay extra to access, thus violating the principle of net neutrality.

The billboard will play user-submitted videos from net neutrality rallies from major U.S. cities, along with users’ webcam appeals on why they believe net neutrality is important, according to Fight for the Future, an Internet advocacy group that worked with domain registrar Namecheap to set up the display.

The FCC’s window for input on the proposed law opened on July 15 and has since generated millions of comments. The FCC has not yet set a date to vote on new rules, and does not face a deadline, according to Bloomberg.

Recent analyses have indicated that most Internet users support net neutrality. A report by the Sunlight Foundation analyzed the public comments collected by the FCC to show that less than 1% of comments clearly opposed net neutrality. Another survey found that two-thirds of Americans are opposed to Internet “fast lanes.”

Meanwhile, net neutrality activism has recently hit its stride with visible success: most recently, a phone campaign to Congress members, public relations campaigns by Internet businesses and politicians, and virtual demonstration by popular websites.

The FCC deadline has passed, but that doesn’t mean the fight is over. Join us and special guests to talk about why net neutrality matters in the fight for civil rights, and how to keep the pressure up to make sure that we get the regulation we need to foster the internet we deserve.

Malkia Cyril, Director of the Center for Media Justice
Tim Wu, law professor, NYS Lt. Gov. candidate, and the guy who invented the term “net neutrality”
Lee Fang, investigative journalist

+ more to be announced!


Big companies threaten to censor feminism, LGBT rights, and anti-racism

Tumblr has already completely forgotten this topic again, but I think people really don’t understand that it means much more than just an extremely messed up system that pretty much discriminates against anyone who isn’t wealthy enough to afford the fastlane, but it goes much further than that. Net Neutrality supporters claim Comcast will almost certainly block you from sites supporting feminism, LGBT, anti-racism, and other sites supporting people who otherwise don’t get any support at all. Comcast makes up 40% of all the internet in the States, is for many people the only option, and there even exist laws preventing other companies from challenging their monopoly. This includes tons of sites that have been around for years trying to bring attention to important causes, and even sites like forums or online chats for people going through heavy situations. And yes, this will to an extend affect people outside the states too. Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon view the internet like TV: You get the mainstream sites, but if you want anything else you need to pay, and much like TV, the majority will not be able to afford that luxury, meaning that people with access to social justice sites will be a tiny minority. If Net Neutrality is taken down, future generations won’t even be able to discuss the subjects Tumblr wants more attention for. You can no longer submit your comments or phone calls to the FCC, but please don’t let this topic die out and if any possible way for us to support Net Neutrality comes up, that plenty people will be aware of it. Let me also quickly remind you of the other things that could potentially slow down:

- Tumblr

- Online gaming

- Vimeo

- Kickstarter

- Etsy

- Imgur

- Reddit

- NSFW sites

Google has recently voiced their support of Net Neutrality, the democratic party wants Net Neutrality, a billboard hanging in New York shows videos of people supporting Net Neutrality, two protests (One right outside the FCC’s building), and millions of comments on the FCC’s site supporting Net Neutrality have been posted since Tumblr took part in the protest on the 10th. An estimate of 99.5% of all people taking part in discussing the topic want Net Neutrality. Yet, the FCC has still not responded to the protest, and all the companies have done is continue to make twisted and fake stories that they’re not going to do anything, which have been proven wrong about as quickly as they put them out. Supporters are currently requesting a town hall sort of meeting with Tom Wheeler, where people can express their opinions and disprove the claims from the companies directly to him. Please either reblog this or repost it and make sure to tag so everyone can see.


Do not adjust your browser, major websites are “slowing down” to save Net Neutrality

Sept. 10 has been designated as a day of “Internet Slowdown” in the Battle for Net Neutrality. All day, prominent websites and organizations — from the ACLU,, Vimeo, Meetup and Kickstarter — have added messages to their websites asking visitors to contact their lawmakers and the Federal Communications Commission in support of net neutrality.

This is what your browser could look like | Follow micdotcom 

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Hiya friends!

I know many people are confused and irritated about all of the stuff on Tumblr today regarding “internet slowlanes” and net neutrality. What is it? Why do I have to look at that spinning circle of death?  

Above is probably the best breakdown of the issue I’ve seen. 

Take a second and watch. Take another second and contact your representatives. This shit is very real and very scary. 

Knowledge is power.

The internet is power.

Don’t let them take your power away.

The YouTube community needs net neutrality.

The world is better off with the Potter Puppet Pals in them. Whether you’ve only seen Mysterious Ticking Noise or consider yourself a seasoned puppet historian, it’s clear that these puppets could probably take over the world. Instead, they make people laugh. We’re happy they’re here, and we’re happy we can get our PPP fix whenever we want to just by going to their channel. We want it to stay that way.

If big cable companies had their way, content would stop being equally accessible. For YouTubers, uploading videos would be next to impossible to begin with and we’d have to wait hours just to watch one video. Meanwhile, network television clips and dodgy advertisements would get priority access to your eyeballs.

We need to let the FCC know where we stand.

Join thousands of channels in signing the petition.

Net Neutrality

Hi everyone, so i want to spread some information for those of you that are having trouble getting a call when you fill out your phone number & zip code here on Tumblr. [I tried multiple times and never received a phone call, so i did some digging of my own.]

1.) POLITELY call the FCC:

  1. Dial 888-225-5322
  2. Enter 1, 4, 0 on your keypad.
  3. A person will answer.
  4. You will be asked for your name and address, but you can just give them a zip code if you don’t feel comfortable giving your name & address.
  5. Tell them - “I’m calling to ask the FCC to reclassify Internet Service Providers as Title Two Common Carriers.”

  6. Thank them for their time and/or tell them “Have a nice day.”
  7. Hang up.

2.) Contact your states Senators & Representatives:

1.) Go HERE to enter your information. [Address, zip code, state, etc.]
2.) You will be given a list of Representatives and Senators + their contact numbers.

3.) Call them each one by one and say the following- “I’m calling to ensure that my representatives and senators demand the FCC reclassify Internet Service Providers as Title Two Common Carriers. Net Neutrality is essential to me, my family and our community. “

4.) Thank them for their time.

Spread this around like wildfire! We need EVERYONE to act immediately!