FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has a plan to roll back net neutrality and give big cable companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T the power to control what we see and do online, to slow down or block websites, and charge sites extra fees to reach an audience.
For Latinos and people of color, who are consistently underrepresented and misrepresented in traditional media outlets, the open internet is a vital resource – it is the place where we can share our stories in our own words, without being blocked by powerful gatekeepers motivated by profit.
Simply put, the open internet levels the playing field for all of us. Currently, creators and independent content producers can tell their own stories to defy stereotypes and create positive portrayals of their communities without needing buy-in from a major media conglomerate.
If we lose net neutrality, the internet will become another platform where the privileged few will be given the tools to succeed while others will be censored and fall victim to discrimination. Our favorite websites will be forced into the slow lane, while deep-pocketed companies who can afford expensive new “prioritization” fees have special fast lane access to internet users – tilting the playing field in their favor.
But on July 12th, the internet will come together to save net neutrality. Websites, internet users, and online communities will stand tall, and sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.
The Battle for the Net campaign will provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your friends, family, followers 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!
Learn more and join the action here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12