Break the Internet for Net Neutrality.
Freaking out about the potential end of the internet as we know it? Yep, us too. We’ve been contacting the FCC, calling our reps, and protesting in the streets, and we’re not done yet. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to “Break the Internet” for the two days leading up to the FCC’s December 14th vote on net neutrality to encourage your network to contact Congress and make them stop the FCC vote.
Today marks the start of Break the Internet: a 48-hour-long campaign by the activist group Fight for the Future that uses the internet in creative ways to demand that Congress stop the FCC’s vote this Thursday, December 14th. This vote could eliminate net neutrality regulations, the Obama-era rules designed to ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all internet data (and the people who make and consume it) equally. Abolishing these provisions would allow ISPs to, for example, make Vimeo load really slowly if YouTube paid them more money. If internet speeds are split into two different lanes like this, the “fast lane” internet would go to the highest bidder, and ISPs would be free to get filthy rich off the bidding war. These increased fees would likely be absorbed by none other than the consumer, so lower income folks may get to see less of what was once a more egalitarian internet.
So, back to this “breaking the internet” business. First of all, don’t worry: The internet will still work even when you break it (for now, at least). And how, exactly, does one go about “breaking the internet,” you ask? You can do all kinds of fun things to your social media accounts, like changing your relationship status on Facebook to “Married (to the free and open internet),” or listing your job title on LinkedIn as “Defender of Net Neutrality.” Or maybe post some memes on Instagram, because who knows how long we’ll have that option! If you have a website, install a widget that pops up and prompts your audience to contact Congress without having to leave your page. Don’t forget about any social media accounts or websites for businesses, side hustles and creative endeavors. Remember: The goal for all of these activities is to drive people to call Congress and get them to take action. Use the script we posted yesterday, or direct people to BattleForTheNet.com.
Already leading the charge are sites like Imgur, Tumblr, Mozilla, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, BitTorrent, Pornhub, Patreon, Funny Or Die, Speedtest, Fiverr, Cloudlfare, Opera, Trello, the Happy Wheels game, DeviantArt, AnimeNewsNetwork, and BoingBoing. Together, we can #SaveNetNeutrality and #StoptheFCC.