December 12, 2017

Net neutrality fight enters final days (updated)

It’s the eve of a decisive vote by the FCC that could end net neutrality, a fundamental principle of an open and fair internet.

Organizations including NTEN are taking part in a day of action on December 12 to “break the internet” by spreading a message of support for net neutrality on every channel possible, so our lawmakers know there is widespread and passionate support.

Why NTEN is taking part

NTEN is committed to free speech and digital access, so we oppose the plan to undermine Title II, which supports net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation. The rules prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from slowing down or blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which consumers could end up paying).

As nonprofit organizations, we don’t want to face higher prices or the risk that our ISP could decide not to allow us access to our supporters, clients, or donors. And we don’t want that to happen to you.

Net neutrality protects us as consumers, as nonprofit professionals, and as people. A free and open web is vital to the way we work and play, and an indispensable tool to help us reach supporters, clients, and other stakeholders.

What you can do

Like the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality in July, scores of large organizations and nonprofits have signed on to fight the proposed changes. Organizers suggest a wide range of creative digital actions, including changing your profile picture to an unhappy face, listing your relationship status to “married to net neutrality” and more. Tell us what action you took by tagging us on Twitter.

Join us in our commitment to a free and open internet. Find out more.

Update 12/14/17:

The FCC voted today to dismantle net neutrality rules. But the fight isn’t over yet: you can still take action. Ask your representatives to use a Congressional Review Act to ensure a fair and open internet.

Lyndal Frazier-Cairns
Lyndal Cairns is committed to building stronger nonprofits as though our very existence depends on them. Because it does. After a decade as a newspaper and online journalist, she devoted her career to marketing for social good organizations working for sustainability, public health, education and technology. Among her proudest moments was receiving the 2015 NTEN Award for services to the nonprofit tech sector; and watching billboard ads for the Queensland AIDS Council being reinstated after a million-strong social media campaign against the homophobic decision to remove them. She and her team are currently working on a membership growth strategy for NTEN, as well as rebranding efforts. When not working, Lyndal can usually be found making mixtapes or digging in her garden.
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Tags: digital divide, net neutrality