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Do you remember dial up? It could return ...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:31 pm
by swarfendor437
Here is the lowdown from my inbox :evil: :

"Urgent action needed: Big Telecom giants are about to force many of your favourite websites into an Internet slow lane, making them buffer sporadically, and return errors.


This is the big one.

Right now, U.S. telecom giants are working on a plan to impose an Internet slow lane, and the effects of this plan will be felt worldwide.1 We’ve fought hard against Internet censorship in the TPP - but now Big Telecom is attacking our rights from another angle.

If these giant conglomerates get their way, there will be nothing to stop them from slowing the speed of your favourite website to a snail’s pace. We can’t let Big Telecom’s censorship of the net become the new normal.2

The clock is ticking: Key decision-makers are about to make a landmark ruling on this Internet slowdown,3 so we have to raise a loud global call4 by the crucial September 15th deadline for public input.

To fight back, we need you to add your voice to a global movement of Internet users sending decision-makers a powerful message in the final days of public input. Can we count you in, J?

This ruling will determine whether you can access whatever you want, whenever you want at full speed – whether that’s Netflix, your favourite online comedy site, or your online banking.

But now, Big Telecom wants to take away that choice, and turn the Internet into Cable TV 2.0, where whole websites will be slowed to a snail’s pace.

The clock is counting down: it’s up to you to stand up and be counted in the fight against Big Telecom’s Internet slow down.

The effects of this landmark ruling will be felt worldwide.5 You may not live in the U.S., but many of your favourite websites do.

We’re counting on you. Your OpenMedia team puts together sophisticated tools and platforms to amplify your voice when it matters most – and this is certainly no exception.

Join with Internet users around the world in the largest digital rights campaign the world has ever seen. We don't have much time: speak out now before the crucial deadline.

Thanks for continuing to step up when we need you the most,

Steve, Josh, and Meghan, on behalf of your OpenMedia team

P.S., The fight for net neutrality is the fight for Internet freedom. We’re up against some big industry players around the world – but with your support, we can ensure the Internet remains an open platform that fuels the type of society we aspire to. Please consider donating today to keep us going.

[1] U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15. Source: Reuters.
[2] Demand preservation of net neutrality from FCC. Source: The Spokesman Review.
[3] Decision-makers in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the European Union are considering implementing rules that could either safeguard the open Internet, or hand power to giant telecom conglomerates. Also: “A significant chunk of global Internet traffic flows to and from the United States, and limiting the flow of traffic will have knock-on effects”. Source: Hub Communications.
[4] Countries including the U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and The Netherlands have passed rules to prevent telecom giants from discriminating against different types of content flowing across their networks. Get more info by clicking on each country above.
[5] Why U.S. net neutrality debate matters globally. Source: The Hill Times."

There is an international petition - sign here: