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PRESS RELEASE: Net neutrality activists give the FCC a holiday break

Posted 09:48 EST on December 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2014

Media Contact:
Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
Phone: 978-852-6457
Email: press@fightforthefuture.org


Net neutrality activists give FCC a holiday break, for one week they will stop driving thousands of phone calls

Fight for the Future and other groups have driven more than 55,000 phone calls to desks at the FCC in the last two months, keeping phones at the agency ringing off the hook with voices for Title II

WASHINGTON – Today, net neutrality activists announced that, in the spirit of the holidays, they will be giving the FCC a one-week break from constant phone calls in support of Title II net neutrality. Internet freedom groups have bombarded 30 top officials at the agency with tens of thousands of phone calls since late September, when it appeared that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was preparing to ignore nearly 4 million public comments on the issue.

To date, the page CallTheFCC.com has connected more than 55,000 phone calls to FCC staffers–nearly 1,000 every day for the last two months. More than 1,800 people have signed up to be “daily callers,” meaning they receive a reminder to call a new FCC official each day. Calls skip the FCC switchboard and go directly to the desks of 30 top officials.. FCC officials have told activists via email that their phones are ringing off the hook every hour of the business day.

This morning, Fight for the Future emailed the 30 FCC employees who have been receiving calls to inform them that they’d be stopping the calls for one week, but that they should expect even more pressure after the FCC meets December 11th – if the FCC does not show clear signs it is moving quickly toward a vote on Title II net neutrality rules in January.

The statement below can be attributed to Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng:

The FCC should be accountable to the public, not the special interests of a select few companies. We know that monopolies like Comcast and Verizon spend tens of millions of dollars lobbying and are constantly calling and visiting the FCC to make sure that their position is heard. We built CallTheFCC.com to make sure that the public has the same opportunity.

In the last few months, we’ve surrounded the FCC with protests and bombarded them with phone calls. Today, in the holiday spirit, we’ll be stopping the phone calls for one week. We are giving the FCC the benefit of the doubt that they are finally listening to the overwhelming public consensus, and are moving toward a vote on strong Title II net neutrality rules in January. December 11th is FCC’s next meeting, and we will be there in force. If we don’t hear Chairman Wheeler make a strong statement indicating that his agency is listening to the public and moving toward Title II rules, we’ll redouble our calling efforts starting on December 12th, and unveil a new tool that makes it even easier for the public to make their voices heard at the FFC.

CallTheFCC.com was built by Fight for the Future, and has been supported by Demand Progress, reddit, Free Press, MoveOn, CREDO Action, Democracy for America, and other netroots organizations.

Fight for the Future were lead organizers of the Internet Slowdown on September 10th, which mobilized 40,000 websites in support of Title II net neutrality, and drove more than 750,000 FCC comments and 300,000 phone calls in a single day. They were also instrumental in organizing the Occupy the FCC encampment, which helped bring Title II into the national spotlight, and put it on the table as an option at the FCC.

“There are so many people who want to speak out on net neutrality, that it’s amazing what happens when you give them an easy way to do it,” said Fight for the Future’s Chief Technical Officer Jeff Lyon, who built CallTheFCC.com, “We know the people at the FCC are people too, so we’re happy to give them a week off. Hundreds of calls a day is a lot to handle. But they need to do the right thing and stop delaying the process in ways that benefit Cable companies and hurts the public. If the FCC does move forward with a strong net neutrality rule, we can direct all this attention to defending the FCC’s decision in Congress. There are millions of people ready to fight for net neutrality, the FCC’s choice is whether to side with those millions or go it alone.”

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Fight for the Future works to excite the Internet to fight for the public good, our basic rights and freedoms. Founded in 2011, we’re known for effective, viral organizing and mass engagement through the distributed organizing platforms we’ve built, including the SOPA protests in the winter of 2011-2012 and the Internet Defense League. For more information, visit www.fightforthefuture.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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The TPP Internet censorship plan is moving again. Here’s how we stop it.

Posted 13:54 EST on December 2, 2014

Dear Fight for the Future member,

Urgent: vote coming soon on the TPP Internet censorship plan. Click here to speak out.

The U.S. Trade Representative has confirmed that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is moving again, with  confidential meetings in Washington, DC next week. TPP-defenders in Congress have already been making noise about a Fast Track vote, and this could be a sign that it’s coming soon.

Just last month, the latest version of the TPP’s crucial copyright & intellectual property chapter was leaked, and the news was not good. The Internet censorship provisions in the TPP have gotten even worse. [1]

Don’t let governments censor the net. Take action now to stop Fast Track for the TPP.

We’ve beaten the TPP back before. It’s time to do it again. While these secret meetings are being pushed by the White House, corrupt officials in Congress want to “fast track” the TPP right now during the lame duck session. [2] The vote could be close. Will you take action now to stop Internet censorship?

Click here to stop the TPP Internet censorship plan.

Millions of people have already spoken out against the TPP power grab. Every issue we care about depends on the future of the free and open web. Take a moment today to defend it.

Onward,
-Evan at FFTF

P.S. Today is #GivingTuesday! Want to fund our work to keep the Internet free? Please chip in $20 today!
Sources:

[1] Jeremy Malcom & Maira Sutton. EFF Deep Links Blog. Latest TPP Leak Shows US Still Pushing Terrible DRM and Copyright Term Proposals.https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/latest-tpp-leak-shows-us-still-pushing-terrible-drm-and-copyright-term-proposals

[2] Reuters. U.S. Top Trade Official Optimistic on Fast-Track Power.http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/11/19/usa-congress-trade-idUKL2N0T92PD20141119

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Press Release: Bitcoin Black Friday, largest day in the history of Bitcoin, is back!

Posted 11:55 EST on November 28, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:
Jon Holmquist, Bitcoin Black Friday Founder
Email:
jon@jonhq.com

Holmes Wilson, Fight for the Future
Phone: 614-465-6371 or 978-852-6457
Email:
press@fightforthefuture.org

Nov 28: Bitcoin Black Friday Has Arrived!

Bitcoin Black Friday has officially started, you can get an Xbox one for $300, three Trezor Bitcoin wallets for the price of two, or any of the other Black Friday deals going on at NewEgg and Overstock. NewEgg is also offering fourteen deals that you can only get if you use Bitcoin! All of the deals for Bitcoin Black Friday are now live on the site.

Digital rights activists, Bitcoin investors, NewEgg, and over 600 Bitcoin merchants are teaming up to launch Bitcoin Black Friday on November 28th. Set on the same day as Black Friday, this event is catered towards those who prefer to do their holiday shopping with the internet’s own currency, Bitcoin.

With Bitcoin being more widely adopted by merchants over the last year, the amount of locations Bitcoiners can spend their money at has grown to include sites like NewEgg, Overstock, Namecheap, and other well-known online merchants.

Since Bitcoin doesn’t have any middlemen, the cost to process transactions is zero. Merchants like NewEgg are able to give higher discounts while maintaining their margins.

Full details about the day are at http://BitcoinBlackFriday.com

There are over 500 confirmed participants including:
Namecheap offering even cheaper domains and hosting when you pay with bitcoins

Private Internet Access top rated VPN service sponsoring Bitcoin Black Friday

Gyft discounts on gift cards to major retailers, and you can pay with bitcoin

Amagi Metals - gold and silver bars and coins on discount

SimpleNode - fast and affordable servers

HideMyAss VPN - industry known VPN provider

MixedTees - trendy graphic t-shirts

Purse.io - purse items through Amazon at a discount using BTC

BitcoinShop - aggregator of millions of products for sale

NewEgg - major electronics dealer

Reeds Jewelers - jewelery, rings, and necklaces for sale

CryptoCards - BIP38 encrypted bitcoin cards

GoElectronicCigarette - electronic cigarette vendor

MonsterMegs - hosting and server provider

All Things Luxury - fine jewelry and luxury goods

SchiffGold - offering silver bars and coins at a discount

BitcoinBowlPackages - tickets to the first ever Bitcoin Bowl

BeesBros - honey, candies, and beeswax from a family of beekeepers

Bitcoin Black Friday was first organized by Bitcoin evangelist Jon Holmquist three years ago, and garnered mainstream attention last year when digital rights group Fight for the Future helped make the event the biggest day in the history of Bitcoin commerce. This year’s event is the third annual event. The first year, 60 merchants participated, helping gain much needed attention and legitimacy for Bitcoin. The second year, 600 merchants participated and really proved that you can use Bitcoin for commerce. This year, with more than 1000 merchants projected to participate, the event will prove that you can do all of your holiday shopping with Bitcoin.

The Bitcoin Black Friday website has an FAQ for people who are new to Bitcoin, additionally, SnapCard will be processing small credit card transactions right on the website if new consumers want to instantly purchase some bitcoins to take advantage of the deals The wide range of merchants ensures that visitors can buy all sorts of things with Bitcoin including video games, organic coffee, diamond jewelry, web hosting, tax preparation services, clothing, gift cards to major retailers, or even a new computer.

“We’re really excited for this year’s event because it has all the opportunity to be much bigger than last year’s event” says Jon Holmquist, the founder of Bitcoin Friday, ”Even though the Bitcoin prices might be lower than last year, the quantity and caliber of merchants participating this year has improved greatly. Consumers should be able to do most, if not all, of their holiday shopping with Bitcoin this year.”

Bitcoin Black Friday is backed by a solid circle of Bitcoin believers. It would not have been possible without community support. It is also sponsored by several merchants as well BitPay and Circle.

More and more people around the world are turning to bitcoin as an exciting, secure, and innovative online currency. Bitcoin Black Friday will continue to rally the growing Bitcoin community and help merchants connect to a new vibrant and global market.

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Action needed: let’s get the CIA torture report released

Posted 11:16 EST on November 26, 2014

Dear Fight for the Future member,

Our country’s spy agencies think they’re above the law. Now, we’ve got a unique chance to leak their dirtiest secrets and hold them accountable. Best of all, it’s perfectly legal.

Click here to ask Senator Mark Udall to read the CIA Torture Report into the Congressional record.

Here’s the story: the Bush-era CIA tortured people. Horrifically, and illegally. The Senate Intelligence committee investigated (getting spied on by the CIA in the process!) and wants to make the report public. But the CIA and the White House are blocking its release.

One Senator on the committee, Mark Udall, lost his reelection bid this year and won’t be returning to the Senate. That’s our loophole: since Udall has nothing to lose, and because members of Congress are immune for anything said in the Congressional record, Udall can leak the report without breaking any law.

But he needs our encouragement: tell Senator Mark Udall to read the CIA Torture Report into the Congressional record.

The public deserves to know what the government has been doing in our name. Here’s our chance to drag one of the government’s biggest secrets into the light. Let’s do this and stop runaway spy agencies like the CIA from thinking they can operate above the law.

Sincerely,
Kevin and Evan at Fight for the Future

P.S. We know many people are focused today on the events unfolding in Ferguson. We’ve written to you before with our thoughts. We fight for free speech online and off. If you feel called to protest, here’s a list of nationwide demonstrations (not maintained by FFTF). Stay safe. Justice doesn’t always come quickly, but it will come.

[1] Ackerman, Spencer. The Guardian. “Senate committee votes to declassify parts of CIA torture report“. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/03/senate-votes-declassify-cia-torture-report

[2] Itkowitz, Colby. The Washington Post. “Will Mark Udall release details of CIA torture report before he goes?”. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/11/13/will-mark-udall-release-details-of-cia-torture-report-before-he-goes/

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PRESS RELEASE: Huge spike in net neutrality action—more than 44,000 phone calls to the FCC in last month, 25,000 people emailed Congress yesterday

Posted 11:01 EST on November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov 20th, 2014

Media contact:
Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
Phone: 978-852-6457

Email: press@fightforthefuture.org

More than 25,000 net neutrality supporters have emailed Congress in the last 24 hours to say that Title II reclassification is not a partisan issue

Net neutrality supporters see huge spike in action. 44,000 calls made to the FCC in the last month.

WASHINGTON – Angered by disingenuous anti-net neutrality statements from Congress members who are top recipients of cable and telecom company donations, more than 25,000 people have taken action on BattleForTheNet.com in the past 24 hours by emailing their representatives to say that net neutrality is not a partisan issue. Supporters are sending a letter asking their representatives to speak out in support of the FCC enacting real net neutrality protections through Title II reclassification.

The campaign, which has generated an overwhelming response in a short time, is the latest push from Fight for the Future, a digital rights group that has been at the forefront of the net neutrality fight. In the last month alone, the group has helped drive more than 44,000 phone calls to the FCC through CallTheFCC.com and has organized more than 40 demonstrations around the country, including last week’s successful Party at the FCC.

The CallTheFCC.com campaign received a big boost on Nov 13 when a prominent blog post from reddit helped drive more than 9,000 phone calls in a day. The page is also supported by Demand Progress, CREDO, and Democracy for America.

“Net neutrality is not a partisan issue, but Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T are desperate to make it one, and they are calling in all their favors in Congress right now,” said Tiffiniy Cheng, co-founder of Fight for the Future, “Thanks to the free and open Internet, the public is not as easily fooled as we used to be when Cable TV was our main source of news. Every member of Congress should know that there will be a political price to pay if they stand in the way of net neutrality and break the Internet on behalf of their Cable company donors.”

“If the FCC were a truly democratic agency that worked in the interest of the public, we’d have a Title II net neutrality rule this week,” added Holmes Wilson, Fight for the Future’s other co-founder, “By delaying, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is advancing the interests of the telecom and cable industries–and so is every member of Congress who hasn’t supported Title II.”

The group says that the campaign is just getting started, and expects that tens of thousands more people will be emailing Congress in the hours and days to come, demanding an end to partisan nonsense and full support for a free and open Internet.

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Fight for the Future works to excite the Internet to fight for the public good, our basic rights and freedoms. Founded in 2011, we’re known for effective, viral organizing and mass engagement through the distributed organizing platforms we’ve built, including the SOPA protests in the winter of 2011-2012 and the Internet Defense League. For more information, visitwww.fightforthefuture.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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