Most of you have probably (hopefully) seen the Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality post from WordPress.com News.
I just wanted to let everyone know I’ll be participating in this, so if you see a “loading” message, which turns to “still loading,” which turns to this:
instead of some of my posts, don’t fret! Just click on “Make it stop!“, then click “LEARN MORE AND TAKE ACTION“.
It will bring you to the official Battle for the Net website, where you can sign the letter to lawmakers imploring them to shoot down the FCC’s proposal that would give the internet providing companies power to charge companies for access to their clients, which would result in slower internet for many sites and people.
If you don’t want to sign, or really want to read my post right then, simply go back to my post (the Battle for Net Neutrality page should open in a new tab) and click outside of the “ISN’T THIS FRUSTRATING?” box. My original post will appear.
Sadly, it might happen with this post as well so I don’t know if you’ll all see this, but I can hope.
If you want to join me in the fight, simply go to your Dashboard and hover over Settings, then click Fight for Net Neutrality.
Here are two excerpts from WordPress’s post:
Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.
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WordPress.com, and the WordPress open source project are living examples of what is possible on an unthrottled internet, open for creation, collaboration, and expression. Over the last few months, we’ve joined 150 major tech companies in sending a letter to Washington in support of net neutrality, and met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to urge him to preserve the internet we’ve always known.
Now it’s your turn.
Automattic, along with many other companies and digital rights organizations, is proud to participate in the Internet Slowdown on September 10. For this day of action, we’ve built a “Fight for Net Neutrality” plugin that you can enable now on your WordPress.com blog to show support for this important cause.