Net Neutrality Day of Action spurs millions to speak out for online freedoms
Yesterday was the much-ballyhooed “Net Neutrality Day of Action,” an online protest day on which thousands of websites, people & services called attention to the impending revocation of net neutrality rules by the FCC. & the turnout, it turns out, was quite impressive.
It would be quite difficult to use the web at all yesterday without running into at least a handful of pop-ups, site takeovers, & funny messages all aimed at getting people to make their voices heard on the net neutrality debate.
Tumblr, Twitter, Netflix, Yelp, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Vimeo, Spotify, Airbnb, Amazon, Reddit, Etsy, YouTube, Twitch, & many, many more participated
The broad exposure & ease of access to feedback mechanisms (some sites let you call your representative with a keypress, others submitted comments to the FCC on your behalf) made for a pretty tremendous volume of reactions.
Per Demand Progress, the Day of Action featured:
- 2 million comments to the FCC (to be submitted over the next few days so as not to overwhelm its servers; & no convenient going down this time)
- 5 million emails to Congress (similarly spaced out)
- 124,000 phonecalls to representatives
- 20 congressional offices visited in person by protestors, among other meatspace actions
- Dozens of high-profile celebrities & politicians speaking out on the issue
The battle is far from won, of course, & as FCC representatives have said, the Commission isn’t a democracy & its members have no obligation to accommodate public demand — however overwhelming.
Yesterday was a very strong show of support for the strong net neutrality rules we have in place. If you’d like to learn more about why they exist & the arguments against them, check out some of TechUKTV’s recent articles on the topic:
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