Internet activists who won the net neutrality fight prepare to celebrate victory in Washington, DC
Fight for the Future, best known for their role instigating the SOPA protests, played pivotal role in net neutrality battle, created game changing Internet Slowdown protest
WASHINGTON, DC––While all eyes are on the Federal Communications Commission, Fight for the Future, a nonpartisan digital rights group that has played a central role in the net neutrality fight, is preparing to join with allies and supporters in Washington, DC to celebrate their unprecedented, and presumed impossible victory over cable company lobbyists.
This morning, net neutrality supporters plan to pack a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill holding up their phones, laptops, and tablets opened to ProtestSign.org, a website that turns your entire device’s screen into a net neutrality “sign.” Check back soon for photos.
Fight for the Future campaign director Evan Greer said, “The cynical anti-net neutrality hearing this morning is a three ring circus that no one wants to buy tickets to. Everyone knows that the tides have turned. Even opponents of net neutrality and free speech are finally admitting defeat as the FCC prepares to vote on rules that–just one year ago–were thought to be completely impossible. DC insiders, lobbyists, and pundits would do well to take the word “impossible” out of their vocabulary. When Internet users learn that the free and open Web is being threatened, they’ll stop at nothing to defend it, and when the Internet comes together to fight, nothing is impossible.”
Greer and Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng will be available for interviews at the following events in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 26th:
WHAT:Victory for the Net: Rally at the FCC WHEN: Thursday, Feb 26th, 8:15am WHERE: FCC Headquarters, 445 12th St SW VISUALS: Marching band, net neutrality supporters dancing and celebrating with signs and banners outside FCC building ahead of historic vote
WHAT:Victory for the Net: Party WHEN: Thursday, Feb 26th, 6:30pm WHERE: Lost Society, 2001 14th St NW VISUALS: Net neutrality supporters celebrating in an indoor bar venue, speakers including Nancy Pelosi and activists from a wide range of activist groups that were instrumental in securing net neutrality
To schedule an interview, call Evan Greer at 978-852-6457 or email email@example.com
Additionally, Fight for the Future is working with many other groups to support the #InternetCountdown JUMBOTRON, a giant video-billboard streaming net neutrality messages from thousands of Internet users, which will be parked directly outside FCC Headquarters today, Wednesday, Feb 25th.
What a victory for Net Neutrality means for hundreds of millions of Internet users
WASHINGTON — Supporters of the open Internet will convene a telephone press conference on Tuesday to set the stage for a momentous week for Net Neutrality. The speakers will include Sen. Edward Markey, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron, Fight for the Future Campaign Director Evan Greer, and Center for Media Justice Executive Director Malkia Cyril.
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to pass strong Net Neutrality rules under Title II of the Communications Act. The Feb. 24
press call will discuss both this historic vote and two upcoming
congressional hearings on Net Neutrality. It will feature brief remarks
from leaders of the Net Neutrality movement followed by a Q&A with
We are at a pivotal moment in the fight for Net
Neutrality. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has responded to the overwhelming
public support for strong Title II protections by proposing rules built
on this legal framework. Since the FCC’s open Internet proceeding began
in May 2014, a record-breaking 4 million people have submitted comments.
A vast majority of commenters have urged the FCC to protect Internet
users’ rights and prevent a few powerful phone and cable companies from
controlling the future of communications.
Here are the details for the call:
WHAT: Press Teleconference on Net Neutrality, Congress and the FCC WHEN: Tues., Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m. EST CALL-IN NUMBERS: 877-876-9175 or 785-424-1668 WHO: Craig
Aaron of Free Press, Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, Rachel
Colyer of Daily Kos, former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps of Common
Cause, Malkia Cyril of the Center for Media Justice, Margaret Flowers of
Popular Resistance, Chris Lewis of Public Knowledge, U.S. Sen. Edward
Markey, Michael Scurato of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Sarah
Morris of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, David
Segal of Demand Progress, and Michael Winship of Writers Guild of
Grassroots Securing Net Neutrality: More Than One Million Calls, Emails to Congress & FCC in 2015
The numbers send a clear message in support of an open internet to Congress and FCC in advance of Feb. 26 vote
WASHINGTON, DC – People across the country are taking a strong stand for net neutrality, and
have generated more than one million actions in just the first seven
weeks of 2015. In large numbers, they are emailing, calling, and signing
petitions to their lawmakers and the FCC. These grassroots actions are
in addition to the four million comments submitted
to the FCC in 2014. The massive show of support stands in stark
contrast to the lobbying and advertising campaigns financed by cable
giants like Comcast and trade associations like NCTA.
diverse coalition of net neutrality supporters— including Color of
Change, CREDO, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free
MoveOn.org, and Mozilla—announced the new numbers today and released the following statement:
than one million people have stood up for net neutrality in the last
seven weeks, which shows how deeply engaged the public is with this
issue. The public overwhelmingly
rejects internet fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for the rest of
should follow the will of the people and stop trying to interfere with
the FCC. Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and NCTA should stop pouring money
into Congress, false
ads and lobbyists in their last ditch attempt to undermine the public
A breakdown of the numbers released on today’s call is below:
TOTAL January 1 – February 18, 2015: 1,023,296
Emails & Petitions to Congress: 716,950
Calls to Congress: 120,710
Emails & Petitions to FCC: 75,834
Emails & Petitions to Others (NCTA, CTIA): 109,802
WASHINGTON, DC––With just 8 days left until the FCC’s much anticipated net neutrality decision, the Internet is rallying in force to ensure strong protections for free speech Internet freedom. This morning popular online review service Yelp announced their support for Title II reclassification in a blogpost, encouraging readers to take action on BattleFortheNet.com during the Internet Countdown.
Meanwhile, organizers announced today that more than 16,000 websites have joined the latest effort by displaying an animated “countdown timer” on their sites, helping drive a daily barrage of thousands of emails and phone calls to Congress. The “countdown” widget has already had more than 14.8 million impressions across the web.
The Internet Countdown was launched on January 26th, one month before the FCC’s vote. In addition to its latest ally, Yelp, the effort has attracted the support of major web companies and popular startups including Tumblr, Mozilla, MediaFire, Bluehost, BoingBoing, Daily Kos, AdaFruit, Cheezburger, CREDO mobile, and Thunderclap. In addition, the organizers have built online tools making it easy for individual Internet users to participate.
More than 11,000 people have signed up to join the#InternetCountdown “twitter army,” authorizing net neutrality activists to tweet on their behalf regularly between now and the FCC vote. More than 8,500 of those people have signed up to tweet every single day until the vote. The total social reach of the twitter army (meaning the combined followers of all the participants) is more than 8.2 million people.
Fight for the Future’s campaign director, Evan Greer, said, “"As the Web literally counts down the seconds to the FCC’s historic vote, thousands of websites and hundreds of thousands of Internet users are rising up once again. Politicians in Washington, DC need to learn the lesson once and for all: if you want to keep your job, don’t mess with the Internet.”
The Internet Countdown effort was conceived by Fight for the Future, and has been organized in coordination with Demand Progress, Free Press, and the broad coalition behindBattleForTheNet.com
WASHINGTON, DC––Net neutrality activists who support strong free speech protections through Title II reclassification crashed a press conference organized by Republican FCC Commissioner––and former Verizon lawyer––Ajit Pai this morning when they attempted to unfurl a large banner reading “85% of Republican Voters Support Net Neutrality,” a reference to a University of Delaware poll from November, reported in the Washington Post.
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FCC security violently attacked the demonstrators, knocking them to the ground. As they were dragged from the room, internet activists Dr. Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese of the group PopularResistance.org said, “Commissioner Pai, don’t you see Republicans love net neutrality? Stop being a mouthpiece for the Telecoms–your job is to represent the public interest. Title II now! The Internet should be a level playing field for all not one rigged for Comcast and Verizon. No crony capitalism for Comcast and Verizon. Equal access for all.”
After the activists left the building, FCC security continued to harass them, threatening them with arrest for standing on a public sidewalk offering an interview to a camera crew.
The action was organized by grassroots activists from the group PopularResistance.org with support from the digital rights group Fight for the Future. These two groups previously coordinated on the Occupy the FCC encampment last year that helped put Title II reclassification on the table at the FCC. Fight for the Future were also lead organizers of the September 10th Internet Slowdown protest along with Demand Progress, and the coalition website they helped build, BattleForTheNet.com was responsible for more than ¼ of all the comments the FCC received about net neutrality last year. PopularResistance.org has also organized a series of protests and direct actions on this issue, including a civil disobedience action where they blockaded FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s driveway.
Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, said, “Net neutrality is not a partisan issue, but corrupt politicians in Washington DC whose campaigns are funded by the Telecom industry are desperate to make it one.” She added, “Given that Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose Internet fast lanes and support the principles of net neutrality, it’s clear that officials like Ajit Pai, who is a former high ranking lawyer for Verizon, are ignoring the public will and working for the industries they’re supposed to be holding accountable.”
While the action unfolded in Washington, DC today, the battle for the net continued to rage online. Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Free Press and other groups are organizing a sustained effort called theInternet Countdown, keeping up a constant barrage of online protest between now and the FCC’s vote on February 26th. More than 2,500 sites have joined the effort so far including Bluehost, BoingBoing, Thunderclap, and Daily Kos. Major sites like Tumblr and Mozilla are participating with custom landing pages encouraging their users to take action in support of real net neutrality protections through Title II reclassification. More than 6,400 people have signed up to join the countdown by automatically tweetingevery day between now and the February 26th vote.