save the internet
Your internet is about to get a lot slower.

And more expensive.


We need to save the internet.

Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon want to control what we can and cannot do online – and they’re about to get their wish.   Their lobbyists and lawyers have taken over the FCC – the agency meant to keep them in check. Now, the former lobbyist running the FCC is about to announce new rules that will kill Net Neutrality – the rule that stops Comcast, AT&T, or Verizon from deciding which sites you’re allowed to visit.   There are two specific subcommittees in Congress that could stop this decision before its officially proposed on May 15th, or even overturn it.    Sign the petition to the two congressional subcommittees: Stop the FCC and save the internet.   The proposed FCC rules would change the internet from what we know now to something more like corporate television – a place where faster internet would be reserved for the giant corporations willing to pay to cut the line.    Right now, the internet works like this: both people and websites pay money to their local (often monopolistic) Internet Service Provider (ISP) like Comcast or Verizon. In return, they’re hooked up to the internet. Information flowing through the internet is all treated equally. Under these new rules, the ISPs could hold us hostage. Verizon could refuse to let us see Youtube unless Google hands them wheelbarrows full of cash. People researching medications might not be able to find the studies showing serious side effects if Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKlein and others pay big bucks to get their sites to show up fastest. Most alarmingly, the legal basis of these rules could allow ISPs to censor any site they didn’t like.   Groups like SumOfUs only exist because of the open internet of today. Under these new rules, new innovations would find it much harder to take off, because their superior design would be behind an intentionally broken and slow connection. Sites like Wikipedia could disappear from public view or start plastering themselves in ads to pony up the cash needed to pay Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon for the privilege of allowing us to access them.   The head of the FCC is a former lobbyist and telecommunications executive, and he’s hired Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T corporate flacks into the FCC specifically to draft rules for destroying the internet. No wonder they love his proposal.    This is an all-hands on deck moment.     Sign the petition to the House and Senate committees overseeing the FCC. We can’t let Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T get away with destroying the internet. 

gifpeanutbutterPLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS! DO NOT IGNORE THIS OR YOUR TUMBLR MAY EVENTUALLY BE DELETED. – Hey, for once this isn’t a hoax. Take this serious or your freedom online might be taken away entirely.


Information and knowledge should always be freely available to us at ALL times. No exceptions. 

Contact those in office near you to voice your opinion on why we need to stop SOPA in its tracks. This is one step closer to removing our freedom of speech completely. Before the internet, THINK OF THE DERPS. Think of how difficult it was to just learn about the basics of a topic when now we can easily find out within a matter of seconds. We can’t go back to having restrictions on what we learn and how we are allowed to use our voices. Do not allow it. We all have the choice to sit back or to pitch in.


For those who need more information:

Gizmodo: What is SOPA?

Politico: What is SOPA?

Wall Street Journal: Understanding SOPA: A Simple Q&A for Understanding the Online Piracy Debate


“That’s why advocates should not be talking about protecting net neutrality. They shouldn’t even use that phrase. They should call it "Preventing Cable Company F!#@ery” because that is what it is. And… there might actually be something you can still do.“

The FCC is trying to create a tiered, unequal internet, where corporations can pay more for faster speeds. They want you to leave them comments on this decision. Give ‘em your worst.

FCC Commissioner explains the 332 pages of "Net Neutrality" rules you're not allowed to see

In the photo above is FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, and he’s holding the 322-page “Net Neutrality” rules that will govern the internet should they pass later this month.  322 pages of government regulations, and you don’t get to read them, not until AFTER they’re voted on by a panel of unelected bureacrats.  Pai is one of two commissioners at the FCC who oppose these new regulations, and this week he’s been sounding the alarm bells, warning the American people that “Net Neutrality” is nothing more than a massive government takeover of the internet’s current freedom.  

Here’s audio of Ajit Pai explaining:

Pai also wrote a long summary of the rules (because he’s not allowed to show them to you), and details are bone-chilling:

The FCC should be as open and transparent as the Internet itself and post the entire document on its website.  Instead, it looks like the FCC will have to pass the President’s plan before the American people will be able to find out what’s really in it.  

In the coming days, I look forward to continuing to study the plan in detail. Based on my initial examination, however, several points are apparent.

First, President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet.  It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.  It’s an overreach that will let a Washington bureaucracy, and not the American people, decide the future of the online world.  It’s no wonder that net neutrality proponents are already bragging that it will turn the FCC into the “Department of the Internet.” For that reason, if you like dealing with the IRS, you are going to love the President’s plan.

Second, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet will increase consumers’ monthly broadband bills.  The plan explicitly opens the door to billions of dollars in new taxes on broadband.  Indeed, states have already begun discussions on how they will spend the extra money.  These new taxes
will mean higher prices for consumers and more hidden fees that they have to pay.

Third, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet will mean slower broadband for American consumers.  The plan contains a host of new regulations that will reduce investment in broadband networks.  That means slower Internet speeds.  It also means that many rural Americans will
have to wait longer for access to quality broadband.

Fourth, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet will hurt competition and innovation and move us toward a broadband monopoly.  The plan saddles small, independent businesses and entrepreneurs with heavy-handed regulations that will push them out of the market.  As a
result, Americans will have fewer broadband choices.  This is no accident.  Title II was designed to regulate a monopoly.  If we impose that model on a vibrant broadband marketplace, a highly regulated monopoly is what we’ll get.  We shouldn’t bring Ma Bell back to life in this dynamic, digital age.

Fifth, President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet is an unlawful power grab.  Courts have twice thrown out the FCC’s attempts at Internet regulation.  There’s no reason to think that the third time will be the charm.  Even a cursory look at the plan reveals glaring legal flaws that are sure to mire the agency in the muck of litigation for a long, long time.

And sixth, the American people are being misled about what is in President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet.  The rollout earlier in the week was obviously intended to downplay the plan’s massive intrusion into the Internet economy.  Beginning next week, I look forward to sharing with the public key aspects of what this plan will actually do.

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Yesterday, we explained a lot of this in our “Open Letter to Tumblr about Net Neutrality,” but don’t just take our word for it.  Take it from the guy who’s about to vote on it.