People are mobilizing to protect Net Neutrality! The People’s Firewall is now in place in front of the FCC in Washington DC and they will stay there until the FCC hearings scheduled for May 15. If you are in DC please join them! The FCC is located at 445 12th Street Washington, DC 20554.
An Open Letter from Mozilla:
Google, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and nearly 150 other tech companies have launched a protest of their own against the new proposed FCC regulations. Silicon Valley sent a letter to the FCC this week demanding an open Internet.
Visit Fight For The Future and Don’t let the FCC break the Internet!
Support the campout at the FCC and tell Congress: We are taking the protest to the FCC and we won’t leave until they drop their net discrimination proposal. Your constituents don’t want discrimination on the Internet. Reign in the FCC and protect net neutrality for all!
— john zangas (@johnzangas) May 7, 2014
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) May 7, 2014
— Fight for the Future (@fightfortheftr) May 8, 2014
Fifty of the tech industry’s leading venture capital (VC) firms have formally joined the fight to preserve net neutrality, calling it essential to the continued “certainty of an equal-opportunity marketplace.”
On Thursday, a collection of startup incubators and investment companies, which includes leading investment firms like Y Combinator, Union Square Ventures, and Andreessen Horowitz, sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler that expresses their doubts over a proposed rule change that would pave the way for online companies to pay for faster Internet distribution, and potentially lead to slower connections for those who will not, or cannot, pay.
The letter written Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in part reads:
We write to express our support for a free and open Internet.
“If established companies are able to pay for better access speeds or lower latency, the Internet will no longer be a level playing field,”. “Startups with applications that are advantaged by speed (such as games, video, or payment systems) will be unlikely to overcome that deficit no matter how innovative their service.”
What is Net Neutrality?