The Coalition for Internet Freedom Calls for Public Action
June 16th, 2007

Thanks to Jennifer Bonck.

Fighters for net neutrality have now a better chance to prove their point and to back it up with personal stories and arguments in favor of their cause. A very articulated initiative came to be at FCC’s demand for hearing voices of the public opinion on net neutrality, before going through the process of decision making. This initiative is at SavetheInternet.com.

Something that begun as a grassroots movement can now oppose corporate interests of companies like Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T in a legal manner. Washington seems willing to hear the people out and to weight arguments from both sides. What was used and enjoyed for granted so far has now to be fought for, because…

Net Neutrality is the reason why the Internet has driven economic innovation, democratic participation, and free speech online. It protects the consumer’s right to use any equipment, content, application or service on a non-discriminatory basis without interference from the network provider. With Net Neutrality, the network’s only job is to move data — not choose which data to privilege with higher quality service.

On SavetheInternet.com, anyone who wants to take a stand can do this by following three simple steps: read stories of others, tell his/her own story and share all this with friends. For those willing to get more involved there are more things to do, like to sign a petition and to send a message to Congress, call their own members from Congress, write a letter to a hometown newspaper, contribute with ad funds, promote SavetheInternet.com on a blog.

Public actions like this one, combined with legislative suggestions like the Edwards campaign, that proposed to FCC the usage of the 700 megahertz slice of the broadband for wireless Internet, can greatly improve the chances for winning the good fight of net neutrality, assuring freedom of information access, communication and file sharing for generations to come.


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