Today, on July 12, 2017, the MageMail team will participate in the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality to oppose the FCC’s plan to slash Title II, the legal foundation for net neutrality rules that protect online free speech and innovation and prevent internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from slowing down, censoring, blocking, and charging extra fees online.
More than 50,000 entrepreneurs, startups, websites, investors, and other organizations are participating, including major internet companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Mozilla, OK Cupid, Imgur, and Medium.
Net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Regardless of your political views are or who you voted for, everyone who knows what net neutrality is supports it. And poll after poll confirms this across party lines. If we lose net neutrality, we could soon face an Internet where some of your favorite websites are forced into a slow lane online, 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. Net neutrality says we get the *entire* web without interference – no gatekeepers, no tollbooths, no slowlanes.This is why it is considered the First Amendment of the Internet. It protects our free speech in the digital age.
We have already been involved since earlier this year. On April 26th, we joined more than 1,200 startups and investors who partnered with Techstars, Y Combinator, and Engine to sign a letter submitted to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
And today, we submitted our official opposition to the FCC, and we encourage everyone to engage through sites, mobile apps, social media, and email to take action by contacting Congress and the FCC. The Battle for the Net campaign provides 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.
I strongly believe that net neutrality is a foundation for American innovation, global competitiveness, and free markets. Slashing these rules would hurt all types of non-incumbent, internet businesses; reduce consumer choice; throttle entrepreneurship; and ultimately reduce economic growth and vitality. Chairman Ajit Pai should not to follow through, and I strongly urge individuals and organizations to make their voices heard on July 12.
Here is our official MageMail Press Release. You can learn more and join today’s action on the Battle for the Net site. I encourage you to do so. And it doesn’t have to stop with today. Continue to contact the FCC and your congressional representatives to make every voice heard.