Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Internet Freedom At Stake.

This is the big one.
         Right now, a high profile case is playing out2 that could set a global standard3 and enable your Internet providers to force your Internet use into a slow lane and make accessing services more expensive.
The clock is ticking: Key decision-makers are about to make a landmark ruling on this Internet slowdown,4 so we have to raise a loud global call5 by the crucial September 15th deadline for public input.
        This ruling will determine whether you can access whatever you want, whenever you want at full speed – whether that’s Netflix, your favourite online comedy site, or your online banking.
But now, Big Telecom wants to take away that choice, and turn the Internet into Cable TV 2.0, where whole websites will be slowed to a snail’s pace.
        The effects of this landmark ruling will be felt worldwide.6 You may not live in the U.S., but many of your favourite websites do.
We’re counting on you. Your OpenMedia team puts together sophisticated tools and platforms to amplify your voice when it matters most – and this is certainly no exception.
Thanks for continuing to step up when we need you the most,
Steve, Josh, and Meghan, on behalf of your OpenMedia team
P.S., The fight for net neutrality is the fight for Internet freedom. We’re up against some big industry players around the world – but with your support, we can ensure the Internet remains an open platform that fuels the type of society we aspire to. Please consider donating today to keep us going.
[1], [4] Net Neutrality, Monopoly, and the Death of the Democratic Internet. Source: Motherboard
[2] U.S. extends deadline for 'net neutrality' comments to Sept 15. Source: Reuters.
[3] Decision-makers in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, and the European Union are considering implementing rules that could either safeguard the open Internet, or hand power to giant telecom conglomerates. Also: “A significant chunk of global Internet traffic flows to and from the United States, and limiting the flow of traffic will have knock-on effects”. Source: Hub Communications.
[5] Countries including the U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and The Netherlands have passed rules to prevent telecom giants from discriminating against different types of content flowing across their networks. Get more info by clicking on each country above.
[6] Why U.S. net neutrality debate matters globally. Source: The Hill Times.
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