Saturday, September 19, 2015

Net Neutrality goes to court

From Open Media:

There are just 24 hours to go before the final deadline to sign a hard-hitting legal brief that could stop Big Telecom destroying a historic ban on Internet slow lanes.

We got an unbelievable response to this email we sent on Thursday, so we wanted to make sure you had a chance to join before it's too late.Sign on now. Deets below.

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Telecom giants are trying ​to destroy a historic ban on Internet slow lanes1 by going through the courts2 –​ and a crucial deadline for us to stop them is rapidly approaching.

Under threat are the pro-Internet “Net Neutrality” rules that we won earlier this year. If Telecom giants are successful, ​they could dismantle our victory and force our favorite websites into an Internet slow lane3 – ruining the web and raising prices for you and your family in the process.

But we have a plan to fight back.

We need Internet users like you to endorse a hard-hitting legal brief that ensures the court knows just how many Americans care about the ban on slow lanes.​ Add your voice now, and help stop Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan before the final deadline.

We have to get as many signatures on it as possible by Sunday night, so the brief can be filed first thing Monday. That’s why your OpenMedia team is helping to amplify your voice at this crucial moment.

This is huge. Losing Net Neutrality would hurt everyone other than deep-pocketed telecom conglomerates who could afford expensive new “prioritization” fees.

That’s why a number of groups are defending our historic victory in court. They’re fighting with everything they’ve got to stop Big Telecom’s army of lawyers, but they need your help to make sure they show up in the courtroom with a critical mass behind them.

You don’t need to be a lawyer to defend one of the most historic pro-Internet victories of all time. Click here to add your name to the Net Neutrality "People's Brief" that open Internet advocates will be filing in just a few days.

We worked together for over a year to make sure we won the strongest, most enforceable rules possible (AKA: Title II).4 And by all accounts, we nailed it.5 But we can’t throw that all away now.

Our campaign partners will be filing the challenge soon, so sign on right now before the final deadline on Sunday night.

Josh, on behalf of OpenMedia

Footnotes
[1] Well, Internet, we did it. We stopped the Internet slow lane. Source: OpenMedia.
[2] FCC sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules. Source: Reuters.
[3] Net Neutrality, Monopoly, and the Death of the Democratic Internet Source: Motherboard.
[4] Why Title II Reclassification for Net Neutrality Is the Biggest Deal Ever Source: Free Press.
[5] F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama. Source: New York Times.

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