The richest 1% could now control what we all see on the Internet forever. It’s the apocalypse of the Internet as we know it, and will erase the democratic promise of an information highway for everyone the founders of the world wide web imagined.
But the US and the EU are on the verge of giving the richest corporations the right to show content fast, while paywalling or slowing down everything else.
Decisions on both sides of the Atlantic are being made now. But tech innovators, free speech advocates and the best web companies are fighting back. If millions of us join them now we can create the largest call for a democratic and free Internet ever.
Sign the petition now and tell everyone:
Until now, any improvements in the speed and functioning of the Internet benefited all of us — if Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News got a faster way to stream videos, it also benefitted independent media showing reality on the ground in LIbya, Ukraine or Syria.
Politicians called this “net neutrality” and laws protecting it used to exist in the United States until a court just struck them down. Now, the EU Parliament is threatening to pass regulation that give ISPs the right to carve up the web and control what we see, by slowing down or charging for sites that don’t pay.
But we can stop this. First, we will show up with massive global numbers into this week’s public meeting in the United States to decide whether to reinstate Internet protections. Then we will unleash a high powered lobby team to target the EU Parliament to ensure its committees listen to the public. This will be the big first step we need to win these important battles over the next few months.
Web providers like Verizon and Vodafone are lobbying hard to extort a special, separate Internet for rich corporate gangsters. And without a massive response from citizens, they could win.