July 12th: Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality
The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On July 12th, the Internet will come together to stop them.
Below is a list of notable websites, companies, and organizations who have confirmed their participation in the July 12th day of action. The list is broad, and represents a wide range of perspectives and online communities. The one thing all of them agree on: defending Title II net neutrality.
What is net neutrality?
Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. "Title II" of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)
Why is net neutrality important?
The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It's what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.
What will happen on July 12th?
Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We'll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we've shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!
SITES: DISPLAY AN ALERT
And don't worry, none of these will actually block, slow, or paywall your site. But, they will let your users submit a comment to the FCC and Congress without having to leave your platform. They will only show up once and users can click away.
Feel free to use these alerts, or create a unique message that makes sense for your site. For example, if you primarily host video, put the spinning wheel of death on every video with a link to battleforthenet.com so your users can submit a comment to the FCC and Congress.
Or change your avatar to a dreaded loading sign below. And be sure to share these images on Facebook and Twitter.
HELP US GET CREATIVE!
We're just getting started with organizing this massive day of action, so sign up and we’ll get in touch soon with more information. If you have ideas or want to help, let us know. If you run a high-traffic website, startup, or small business, get in touch. We need you!
USE THIS VIDEO BUMPER
We made a short video reel that explains why net neutrality matters, and how Internet users can tell the FCC and Congress to protect the open web at all costs through BattleForTheNet.com. Add this reel to your online creations on or before July 12. Tell your viewers about the day of action on YouTube, Vimeo, or wherever else you host content!
And you don't have to wait until the day of action to drive traffic to Battle for the Net. If you’re ready to start now, go for it! And we'll need to keep pushing after July 12 too, so don't stop then!
There are square, vertical, and horizontal versions of the bumper for you to download here.
WHAT ARE SITES DOING?
Sites can use the resources above, but they can also create a unique message of their own. If you run a site, what’s the best way to get your audience to participate? An prominent
? A push notification? Posting on social? Making a video? To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few examples of what some prominent platforms are doing to get the word out:
Discord – An in-app message asking gamers to speak out at battleforthenet.com, social media sharing, and activating their HypeSquad for the big day!
Medium – Prounounced alert and blog about why net neutrality matters.
OkCupid – In-app message to all users asking them to speak out through battleforthenet.com.
Sonic – Adding a site-wide alert, and promoting battleforthenet.com through their blog, email, and social media channels.