We’re Telling Congress Not to Force us into an Internet Slow Lane

Posted by Josh Tabish on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:49

Well, here we go again: a powerful committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would kill the FCC's Open Internet rules – or, so-called “Net Neutrality” rules – that we fought hard for and won after a long battle alongside a broad coalition of civil society organizations, Internet freedom groups, and millions and millions of Internet users.

Now, unlike other threats that have emerged in Congress, this sneak attack is particularly troubling because it's hidden deep inside a big funding package that the House needs to pass so that the government can continue operating. Congress could vote for a bill as soon as next week that could destroy Net Neutrality.

To fight back, we joined with dozens and dozens of civil rights, Internet freedom, and civil society organizations, as well as tech companies and innovators, to pen an open letter to key decision-makers demanding they stop this sneak attack at once. You can see the letter below.

Millions of people made their voices heard, calling on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to stop Big Telecom companies from forcing the websites and apps we love into a slow lane online. And the stakes couldn’t be higher. One of our community members submitted this image as part of our StopTheSlowDown.net campaign:

Now we need them to listen to Internet users everywhere who have demanded an end to Big Telecom’s dangerous Internet slow lane plan, and stop these reckless measures dead in their tracks.

 

You can see the letter below:

Open Letter to House Appropriations Opposing Interference with Net Neutrality Rules