The Whole Internet Is Watching

On March 26th, lawmakers will vote on amendments to the Save The Internet Act to restore net neutrality. Unfortunately, telecom lobbyists are pushing amendments to give ISPs new powers to block, throttle and charge Internet users new fees. If we get the bill out of committee without any bad changes, we can win the next big vote on the House floor. But if it gets gutted in committee, we’re back to square one.

Starting Monday, March 25th, websites, Internet users, and online communities will work together to plaster the committee hearing livestream across the Internet on websites, social media accounts, blogs… basically everywhere! When the committee meeting begins on Tuesday, we'll stream it live so the whole Internet can watch.

Here’s what you can do to make sure Congress knows we're watching:

  1. Speak out on social media. Here is some suggested copy you can use to spread the word. And be sure to share our awesome graphics to get the word out.
  2. Tell everyone to text WATCH to 687-88. They can set a reminder to watch the hearing and pressure their members of Congress to pass a clean bill from their smartphone.
  3. Embed the hearing livestream into a blog or Tumblr post with a link back to BattleForTheNet.com. Use the code below to post the hearing livestream on Monday and keep it up through Tuesday help spread the word. <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/325672146" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>
  4. Add our hearing livestream alert widget to your homepage. Put it up now to start raising awareness ahead of the vote and we'll add the livestream to the Battle for the Net homepage as soon as it’s available.
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We're making Congress listen

Voters from across the political spectrum agree: they don't want their cable company to control what they see and do online. The FCC's reckless repeal of net neutrality has sparked an unprecedented backlash, as millions of Americans have contacted their lawmakers in protest. The numbers below represent actions taken through BattleForTheNet.com and its partners. Many more have taken action on other sites or contacted their lawmakers directly.

To help convince the House, contact congress now and add to these numbers.

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Businesses supporting the CRA

View the Congressional Scoreboard

Our scoreboard keeps track of who really supports net neutrality. Members of Congress highlighted in blue are on Team Internet because they’ve cosponsored the Save the Internet Act. Lawmakers highlighted in red are on Team Cable because they are not yet cosponsors.

Attend an event in your area

Want to make your voice heard? Check out the map below to find a protest or a meeting with a representative in your state. And if there are no events in your area, consider organizing one!

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What is net neutrality? Why does it matter?

Net neutrality is the principle that everyone should have access to websites and apps, preventing Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon from creating “fast lanes,” censoring content, throttling traffic and even outright blocking access to their competitor's products. This principle has guided the world wide web from the beginning, and has been protected by federal policy under Republican AND Democrat leadership since the early 2000s.

Unfortunately, Internet providers ignored this policy and even actively sued the federal government to destroy net neutrality protections … and they won. Their anti-consumer practices finally convinced the FCC to issue the Open Internet Order as a last resort in 2015. But under new leadership, the FCC has removed these regulations, threatening to end the web as we know it.

Want to learn more? Watch these videos!

John Oliver

Comedian. (Watch this first!)

Net Neutrality

A short explanation of what's at stake.

The Congressional Review Act

And how Congress can use it to overrule the FCC and defend net neutrality.

Vimeo

Why we need net neutrality

Tay Zonday

Singer. Actor. YouTube star.

Julia Reda

Member of European Parliament.

Bernie Sanders

Senator. Former presidential candidate.

Mignon Clyburn

FCC Commissioner.

John Oliver, pt. 2

Hilarious and updated for 2017.

Tim Wu

Law professor, with Colbert at Six Flags.

College Humor

NSFW.

Fight for the Future

The Internet is under attack. This is the Battle for the Net.

Burger King

Yes, Burger King. An amazing explanation.

We are Team Internet

Members of Team Internet support free speech and free markets online through meaningful, enforceable net neutrality laws. We are everyday Americans from across the political spectrum. We are thousands of small business owners. We are startups, tech giants and grassroots organizations with millions of members. Check out the list below to see who’s taken action to save net neutrality:

They are Team Cable

Team Cable wants to end net neutrality so they can control and tax the Internet. Team Cable lies about the effects of net neutrality on the free market and ignores blatant corruption in the regulatory process. If they get their way, we will all pay more money for worse Internet access. Independent voices will be stifled. And innovative start-ups will struggle to compete in the online marketplace.

  • ATT
  • Comcast
  • Verizon
  • Spectrum