Media Releases from members of Sources
To submit a news release, use this form
We Must Keep the Internet Free and Open. EFF, Tech Giants, Startups and Internet Users Tell FCC: Dont Sell Out Net Neutrality To Appease ISPs
July 26, 2017San Francisco -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a broad coalition of user advocacy groups and major technology companies and organizations joined forces today to protest the FCCs plan to toss out net neutrality rules that preserve Internet freedom and prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what we can see and do online.
Without net neutrality, Internet service providers (ISPs) can block your favorite content, throttle or slow down Internet speeds to disadvantage competitors content, or make you pay more than you already do to access movies and other online entertainment.
To show just how important net neutrality is to free choice on the Internet, EFF and a host of other organizations are temporarily halting full access to their website homepages today with a prominent message that theyre blocked. Only upgrading to "premium" (read: more expensive) service plans will allow users access to blocked sites and services, the message says. (Don't worry, the sites arent really blocked. Clicking on the message will take you to a link for DearFCC, our tool for submitting comments to the FCC and making your voice heard.)
"Were giving subscribers a preview of their Internet experience if the FCC dismantles the current net neutrality rules," said EFF Legal Director Corynne McSherry. "AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon will be able to block your favorite content or steer you to the content they choose -- often without you knowing it. Those without deep pockets -- libraries, schools, startups and nonprofits -- will be relegated to Internet slow lanes."
The online community - gig economy site AirBnb, maker site Etsy, file storage provider DropBox, and hundreds more -- have joined EFF and other user advocates today to deliver a message to the FCC: we want real net neutrality protections.
"Its our Internet and we will defend it," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien. "We wont allow cable companies and ISPs, which already garner immense profits from customers, to become Internet gatekeepers."
For EFFs Day Of Action page:
For more about net neutrality:
For more information contact:
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Phone: 415 436 9333 x122
Sources home page