Several leading grassroots organizations and Web platforms today announced the launch of BattlefortheNet.com, a site serving as a hub of organizing in the Net Neutrality fight.
Since it went live earlier this week, more than 100,000 Internet users have used the website to urge the
Millions more Americans have made their support for Net Neutrality known to the
Net Neutrality is what makes the Internet a level playing field for all content providers and users. Without Net Neutrality rules, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can choose to undermine certain sites by slowing their delivery speeds to a crawl -- while speeding up other sites, like those that pay the ISPs, or those that promote content that the ISPs own. Wheeler's plan would harm startups, small businesses, artists, independent media outlets, and even more established sites by allowing ISPs to favor certain sites over others.
BattlefortheNet.com is framed as a battle between "Team Cable" (the ISPs) and "Team Internet" (nearly everyone else). Over the months to come, companies, politicians, public figures, and other important players in the fight will be encouraged to make their stand on the issue, and we will encourage even more activists to use the site to submit pro-Net Neutrality comments to the
The first Net Neutrality comment phase ends Friday; a response phase will then run until
Early backers of the site include the groups Demand Progress, Fight for the Future,
"Millions of Americans have already spoken out in support of Net Neutrality -- a level unprecedented in the history of the
"People depend on the Internet every day to communicate and meet their basic needs. That's why the
"It's hard to say who is more unpopular with the general public -- cable companies or politicians," said CREDO Political Director
"The Battle for the Net starts today at the
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