Fight for the Future


Statement from Fight for the Future on day of historic FCC net neutrality vote

Posted 08:18 EST on February 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26th, 2015

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

WASHINGTON, DC––In a matter of hours the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on the strongest net neutrality rules in history. One year ago, no one thought that Title II based net neutrality rules that protect free speech online were possible in Washington, DC. But the Internet rose up to defend itself, and it won.

Fight for the Future, a digital rights group that led the grassroots charge for net neutrality, issued the following statement:

Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng said, “This is our free speech struggle in the digital age. Institutions of power should know by now: Internet users will not stand idly by while anyone tries to take their freedom away. And when Internet users come together to fight for something they believe in, nothing can stop them.”

Fight for the Future worked with a broad coalition of advocacy groups and small tech companies to organize an escalating series of actions including Occupy the FCC and the massive Internet Slowdown protest. Using cutting edge technology, they built tools to amplify the voices of Internet users, including CallTheFCC.com, which circumvented the FCC’s switchboard and drove more than 55,000 phone calls directly to the desks of FCC employees responsible for the new net neutrality rules. Over the past month, they organized the Internet Countdown, the largest sustained online protest in history, which brought together nearly 20,000 websites to count down the seconds until the FCC’s historic vote.

Fight for the Future is a 6 person team best known for their role as catalysts in the epic SOPA blackout in 2012 and as the organizers of Reset the Net, an online privacy campaign that was endorsed by Edward Snowden. The group was recently profiled in the Boston Globe for their pivotal role in winning the fight for net neutrality.

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ADVISORY: Internet activists who won the net neutrality fight prepare to celebrate victory in Washington, DC

Posted 09:21 EST on February 25, 2015
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Contact: Evan Greer, Fight for the Future
Phone: 978-852-6457
Email: press@fightforthefuture.org

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 press@fightforthefuture.org

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.

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ADVISORY: Sen. Edward Markey to Join Net Neutrality Coalition for Tuesday Press Conference

Posted 11:46 EST on February 23, 2015


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 reporters.

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 America, East


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Grassroots Securing Net Neutrality: More Than One Million Calls, Emails to Congress & FCC in 2015

Posted 10:08 EST on February 20, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2015

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.

A diverse coalition of net neutrality supporters— including Color of Change, CREDO, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, Free Press, MoveOn.org, and Mozilla—announced the new numbers today and released the following statement:

“More 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 us.

“Congress 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 will.”

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

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Yelp announces support for Title II net neutrality as 16,000 websites join the Internet Countdown, online protest seen by millions

Posted 11:56 EST on February 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2015

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457
Email: press@fightforthefuture.org

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 behind BattleForTheNet.com

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