Net Neutrality: The Great Internet Slow-Down

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:

Hey guys, I thought I’d take a break from my usual posts and talk about something that’s very important to me: fast internet!

Basically, internet giants like Comcast and AT&T want to take away websites’ freedom. You know how when you use too much data on your phone, you get throttled? Well, they basically want to do that, except to the entire internet.

If a website doesn’t pay up, they’re going to be throttled. Imagine not being able to watch anything on Netflix without preloading it. Imagine taking five minutes to load one page of your dashboard on Tumblr.

Want to help do something about it? Check out the websites above! Text it, tweet about it, share it on Facebook. We can’t let these money-grubbers get away with this! It’s time to take a stand and fight for our internet.


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