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Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) and governments treat all internet data the same. No matter which website, app, or messaging service you use, net neutrality ensures that data is carried at the same speed. And whether you’re rich or poor, net neutrality requires ISPs to transmit your internet data at the same speed as everybody else’s.
What would happen if we didn’t have net neutrality? ISPs would be able to slow down or even block the websites and apps they didn’t like. Those in power would be able to discriminate against websites and internet users they disagreed with, heralding the end of free speech online.
In 2016, net neutrality was fairly well protected in the U.S., Europe, and many other countries. But in India, some ISPs have tried to exploit the lack of net neutrality laws to limit which websites people can access. Net neutrality in the U.S. has also come under attack from telecommunications companies, which have spent big bucks to lobby against net neutrality laws.
Enter Save the Internet, a coalition whose objective is to preserve and extend net neutrality, led by the nonprofit Free Press. Here’s our profile of Save the Internet.
A First Amendment for the internet
The fight for internet freedom is now being waged in earnest...Save the Internet aims to defeat attempts by private companies to overturn existing U.S. laws on net neutrality. Verizon, for example, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)—which strives to protect the Open Internet—claiming that the FCC “does not have the legal authority” to say how ISPs treat internet traffic.
How Save the Internet protected net neutrality
It has pressured the FCC.
Save the Internet’s public pressure helped persuade the FCC to
reclassify the internet as a public utility
in February 2015, protecting net neutrality.
It has pressured U.S. Congress.
The organization also
pushed more than 60 members of Congress
to back net neutrality. It also urged supporters to write to their members of Congress about the issue.
It has made some noise in Washington.
In 2014 and 2015, Save the Internet organized rallies, protests, hearings, and other public events. It also helped organize the 24-hour Internet Slowdown, a day of action in which more than 40,000 websites took part.
It has grown the movement.
Save the Internet has worked hard to build the coalition fighting for stronger net neutrality protection. Its supporters include advocacy groups, artists, musicians, and actors.
It has educated people.
Save the Internet provides
net neutrality FAQs,
and other resources on its website to increase awareness about the importance of net neutrality.
- It has made net neutrality a media talking point. It’s had more than 4,000 press hits since January 2014, in outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
The fight for net neutrality isn't over
Companies like Comcast and Verizon ... [will] do everything they can to knock down the [net neutrality] protections the FCC approved.The organization has also noted that several U.S. senators have introduced “resolutions of disapproval” of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. Save the Internet’s answer? “Mess with the internet, and you’ll lose.”
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The hero net neutrality deserves
Save the Internet has been a loud, passionate, and powerful defender of net neutrality so far. And the FCC’s new rules show its approach is working. So here's a massive “thank-you” to Save the Internet for keeping net neutrality safe!