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You’re up again, Tumblr. 

Back in 2015 you demanded that the FCC adopt strict net neutrality rules and establish a free and open internet. And you won

That should’ve been the end of it. But apparently not.

The new head of the FCC wants to undo the net neutrality protections you fought so hard for.

His proposed changes open the door to your web traffic being slowed down, or even blocked altogether. You could be forced to pay extra to use your favorite apps. You could even be prevented from getting news from the sources you trust.

Title II protects consumers and democracy by ensuring all voices can be heard.

You know the drill. Here’s what to do:

The FCC is taking comments from the public, and dearfcc.org is making it as simple as possible for you to make your voice heard.

Go there now 👉 dearfcc.org ✌️

You’ll just need to provide a name, an address, and then say a little bit about why rolling back Title II protections is a bad idea. If you’re not quite sure what to write, here’s something to get you started:

I’m writing to urge you to keep our Open Internet rules based on Title II in place. Without them, we could lose the internet as we know it.

The proposed changes to FCC rules would allow fast lanes for sites that pay, and force everyone else into slow lanes. We’ve already seen access to streaming services like Netflix, popular games like League of Legends, and communication platforms like FaceTime slowed down, or even blocked. Conditions like this hurt businesses large and small, and penalize the users who patronize them. 

The changes also open the door to unfair taxes on internet users, and could also make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can’t pay up to have their voices heard.

Please leave the existing net neutrality rules based on Title II in place.

Thank you!

If you need more ammo, feel free to quote these experts from our net neutrality Issue Time. TechCrunch and Battle for the Net also have some good starters.

Everyone is counting on everyone else here. Do your part and tell the FCC to keep a free and open internet under Title II. 

ISP’s have a History of Censorship when there was NO Net Neutrality

Today we must all come together for #netneutrality so we can keep the Internet open. #SaveNetNeutrality means saving free speech.

— @ACLUAlabama

No #InternetCensorship  No #PayToPlay

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Trump’s FCC chairman announces plans to abandon net neutrality enforcement

  • On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced a plan to roll back the FCC’s enforcement of net neutrality.
  • Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers should provide equal access to all applications of the internet.
  • Pai said he would introduce new rules revoking the 2015 Open Internet Order, according to Gizmodo
  • That order established the principles of the open internet in law and reclassified internet service providers as “common carriers” obligated to provide equal service under the Telecommunications Act.
  • “Two years ago, I warned that we were making a serious mistake,” Pai said at the Newseum in Washington, where he laid out the plan in a speech, according to the New York Times.
  • “It’s basic economics. The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you’re likely to get.” Read more (4/26/17 10 PM)

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Marinette vs. Cat

In the opening credits:

  • Cat: 1000000, Mari: RIP
  • That black cat came out of nowhere
  • and she fell for/because of it
  • Exit…Stage Left
  • Adrien comes out of nowhere from the left
  • either this is symbolism or

…mischievous bad luck black cat with gigantic ears running towards Adrien…

Moonbyul: I wasn’t that drunk last night.

Hwasa: You were flirting with Solar.

Moonbyul: So? She’s my girlfriend.

Hwasa: You asked her if she was single.

Hwasa: And cried when she said she wasn’t.

Hey Tumblr, have a question about net neutrality?

We’re hosting an Issue Time right here on Action (@action) on July 12, 2017 with the above panelists who will be here to answer all your questions about net neutrality. ^^^

What’s net neutrality?

Net Neutrality is the principle that the things we do and see online should not be controlled by Internet providers. In 2015, with the help of tech companies, Internet activists, and millions of people (including the Tumblr community!), the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC) adopted strong net neutrality rules with Title II classification. These rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, censoring, or slowing down sites, and prohibit providers from putting paid prioritization into play—fast lanes for sites that pay, and slow lanes for those who don’t.

Winning the net neutrality fight was a huge feat, but it’s being challenged again. There are new, proposed changes from the newly appointed head of the FCC that could undo the standing net neutrality protections and get rid of a free and open internet. That means you might see your favorite websites slow down, or be forced to pay extra to use certain apps, or be blocked from seeing things that you want to see.

If you want to learn more about net neutrality and how you can help protect it, submit your question(s) right here!

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Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee calls us all to action on Net Neutrality

#OpenInternet #SaveNetNeutrality

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Net neutrality is in danger —  and it could affect your ability to play games online

  • The days of playing online games on your standard internet plan may be in danger if a new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission is passed.
  • Under the FCC chairman’s proposed rollback of net neutrality rules enacted in 2015, cable and internet providers might theoretically be able to charge more based on how you use the internet — and it would have big implications for the gaming world.
  • Recently, the FCC’s chairman, Ajit Pai, proposed a rollback for a number of regulations enacted in 2015 intended to keep the internet “open and fair,” according to CNN.
  • These regulations are meant to preserve net neutrality — the idea that your internet provider can’t charge more based on the sites people visit and services they use. Pai’s proposition, if enacted, would get rid of those regulations.
  • If Pai has his way, regulations that prevent your internet service provider from charging you according to the online services you use will go away.
  • If that happens, your ISP might start looking for ways to milk more money out of you. For example, it could theoretically throttle your download speeds from Steam or make your internet connection to Battle.net slower once you hit a certain data cap. Read more (5/10/17)

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cantxeven  asked:

how can average internet users (such as myself) advocate to keep net neutrality without necessarily going out and protesting?

First and foremost: take a few minutes right now to submit a comment to the FCC. EFF has created a simple page at DearFCC.org to help you do that. We’ll give you some example text and a few questions for you to answer, but what you submit is ultimately up to you. What’s most important is that the FCC hears from everyone.

A great next step is to write or call your members of Congress. Tell them to do everything they can to protect the 2015 Open Internet Order and oppose any effort in Congress to undermine it. https://act.eff.org/action/tell-congress-don-t-surrender-the-internet

After that, our next move depends a lot on what the FCC does.

Things I learned during my first weekend at college
  • Your parents will hover like crazy and try to help you unpack when you move in. They mean well, but if you’re overwhelmed don’t be afraid to kick them out for a bit. 
  • Don’t ask your RA what bars to hit up in town (like one girl from my floor actually did)
  • Check your e-mail five times a day, your professors might be sending out syllabi or other helpful/important stuff ahead of time. 
  • You will cry at least once while buying textbooks from the campus bookstore that you couldn’t find used on Chegg (sidenote: use Chegg) 
  • Your dining hall probably has pizza available for every meal. Don’t eat pizza for every meal. 
  • Even if you hated salads your entire life, you will learn to love them so that, you know, you don’t eat pizza for every meal. 
  • Check your dining hall hours online. Some of them close between meals. 
  • Leave your door open or do random Internet browsing in the floor lounge if you want to meet more people. 
  • At least one of your posters will constantly fall down no matter how many 3M command strips you use.
  • A lot of campus events are lame. A lot of them are not. Go to as many of them as you can anyways to meet more people.
  • If you need time to yourself, take it. You’ll make friends eventually without having to hang out with them constantly. 
  • Don’t expect to become BFFs with everyone you meet, and don’t expect to become best friends over your first weekend. 
  • If you’re standing if a long period of time, bend/relax your knees every so often. If you keep them locked, you might trigger a nerve in your body that causes you to pass out (this may or may not have happened to me on my second day, oops) 
  • Drink water.
  • Carry an umbrella if there is the slightest chance of rain. Carry one even if there isn’t, just in case. 
  • Carry a sweater or hoodie always. 
  • Pokemon Go is lit on college campuses; every single building is a gym or pokestop and there are lures everywhere. Plus, your eggs hatch in no time because you’re walking everywhere. 
  • It’s okay to eat alone in a dining hall; either no one will care or someone will sit at your table and strike up a conversation.
  • If you really, really don’t want to eat alone, literally just knock on someone’s door in your hall. If they don’t want to go with you, try someone else. Chances are, someone else might be hungry, too or at least willing to walk over with you. 
  • Come up with a roommate agreement. Decide when you’re cleaning, sharing policy, guest policy, light and noise preferences, etc. 
  • If there is a massive involvement fair on campus, research some clubs online so you know what to look for. Otherwise you’ll be overwhelmed in two seconds. 
  • Join a group chat with people on your floor or in the same area of study as you, it’s super helpful for general information.
  • Ask everyone you talk to to add you on Snapchat. 
  • Simple things like taking out the trash or doing laundry will suddenly feel very overwhelming. 
  • You learn a lot of stuff from being in college for only three days and not even taking any classes.