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This infographic will make your day, unless you happen to be a Comcast lobbyist

Posted 15:06 EDT on September 13, 2014

Hey!

Thanks to you, the Internet Slowdown was a resounding success. More people took action to defend net neutrality in one day than ever before in history.

Click here to check out this inspiring infographic showing what we did together on September 10th. It will seriously make your day, unless you happen to be a Comcast lobbyist.

Have a look. Like what you see?

Please chip in $5 so we can keep the fight going.

The slowdown was so big it was impossible to ignore. Several members of Congress tweeted about how their phones were ringing off the hook, and we dominated the mainstream news headlines. More than 40,000 websites took part, including many of the most popular sites in the world, and at the peak of the day, there were more than 1,000 phone calls to congress every minute!

This changes everything. Victory is more tangible now than ever before. But we still need to bring it home. Now that we’ve shown our strength, the giant Cable companies that are lobbying tooth and nail to destroy net neutrality will redouble their efforts, and work every connection they have to keep the public’s voice from being heard in Washington, DC.

There’s only one solution: we have to fight even harder, and grow our movement even larger, and we have to be ready to battle for the net for the long haul.

Organizing the Internet Slowdown day and hosting the website used up a huge amount of our resources. Will you chip in $5 (or more!) today to make sure we can keep the pressure on while we have so much momentum?

Yes, I will chip in today to save net neutrality!

All of us here at Fight for the Future are so proud of the Internet right now. Now more than ever it’s so clear how powerful the Internet really is as a platform for free speech, and how absolutely critical it is that we not only fight for it, but we fight to win.

With gratitude and determination,
-Tiffiniy, Holmes, Evan, Jeff, Kevin, Vasjen, and Jessica
Fight for the Future

P.S. The deadline to submit comments to the FCC is this Monday, September 15th. We’re helping plan protests on that day in NYC and Philadelphia. There’s still time to submit a comment. If you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for?! Here’s the link: https://battleforthenet.com

P.P.S We really want everyone to see this infographic, it’s so epic! Check it out here: https://battleforthenet.com/infographic

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UPDATE: Internet Slowdown numbers even bigger than we thought!

Posted 16:48 EDT on September 12, 2014

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We have the latest numbers from the Internet Slowdown day of action, and a few awesome screenshots to verify them.

We’re proud to announce that the Internet Slowdown generated an incredible response! The flood of comments coming through Battleforthenet.com was on the same order of magnitude as the total comments the FCC has received over the entire comment period. Suffice it to say the response quickly overwhelmed the FCC’s comment submission system early on Wednesday; the load was so large that they still don’t have all the submissions in the docket yet. That’s why the FCC does not have an official tally at the moment.

Note: A few news outlets have incorrectly reported much lower numbers, which were provided to reporters in error by the FCC. The number the FCC gave was just the number their failing website was able to process at the time. Since Tuesday, we had been working with the FCC to help make sure their servers stayed up. Early Wednesday, the FCC asked us directly to stop our submissions until the site came back online, or until they could find new ways to accept them (which they announced, late yesterday).

The FCC communications team knew this at the time, but one of their spokespeople (we hope in error) provided the misleading 100,000 number to reporters. We asked the FCC several times to correct this error publicly in the form of a tweet. They have not done so yet.

UPDATE: The FCC has just published partial numbers totaling over 3 million, implying a jump of well over 1 million during the #InternetSlowdown. Thanks to the publication of this new total, journalists should be able to infer from this number that the 100,000 number was an error.

They have said that a final count is coming on Tuesday, that any number up until now hasn’t been official, and that they may publish a preliminary count this weekend. We’d welcome that. The sooner the 100,000 number gets corrected the better.

The final number, when it arrives, will be huge.

For now, the latest Internet Slowdown numbers are:

Number of websites participating using our tools: 40,806

Calls made to Congress: our number + tumblr # + 30,000 from other companies: 312,171

Emails sent to Congress via battleforthenet.com: 2,332,092

Comments filed at the FCC via battleforthenet.com: 777,364

Peak calls per minute to Congress from battleforthenet.com: 1,000

Facebook shares of spinning icon: more than 1,120,000

These numbers represent only the statistics that we can easily count and verify. Many websites directed people to call their representatives using other tools, or linked directly to emails for lawmakers and the FCC, so we know many more people took action on September 10th.

These numbers are higher than previous numbers we released on Wednesday, as more submissions have come in, and we’ve received more stats from participating websites. Also, our system for automatically counting the number of sites that had installed the widget was overwhelmed early during the protest, and when we looked into it we realized the number was much higher than we had originally reported (over 40,000 – not 10,000).

Check out our infographic for more of the story: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th/#infographic

Read below for technical details regarding the numbers.

40,806 sites participated using our tools:

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Phone calls:

The Internet Slowdown generated 312,171 phone calls to lawmakers. During peak hours, the rate of phone calls surpassed 1,000 calls per minute.

Here’s a screenshot from the back-end of the Twilio account used for calls from Battleforthenet.com, showing 143,074 calls completed:

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Here’s a screenshot from the Mobile Commons account Tumblr used for the calls they drove from their https://tumblr.com/stop page showing 136,307 calls completed.

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Additionally, Kickstarter, Etsy, and other sites helped drive more than 32,790 calls from their own tools.

Adding these numbers together: 143,074 + 136,307 + 32,790 312,171 calls

Finally, here is a screenshot from 9/10/2014 Noon EST showing 1,000 phone calls per minute:

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Form submissions resulting in FCC comments and emails to Congress:

777,364 people used Battleforthenet.com to submit a comment to the FCC on September 10th, and to trigger emails to their representatives. Each person sent 3 emails (one to each Senator and one to their rep in the House,) resulting in the total number of emails sent: 2,332,092

Here is a screenshot from the back-end of our Compose.io account showing the 777,364 submissions:

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Other big numbers that have come in but were not included in our roundup include, OpenMedia.ca’s reported 150,000 actions taken, and the many more comments that websites and national grassroots organizations submitted directly to the FCC.



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What’s next after the slowdown? Rally with #TeamInternet on September 15 and 16!

Posted 13:08 EDT on September 11, 2014

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Get ready to ditch your same-old lunch-hour routine on Sept. 15 and 16— because we need your help to fight FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to allow discrimination online.

We are organizing protests in NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, DC to defend net neutrality. We need you there! Can you stop by?

Click here to get info and RSVP for the rally in NYC

Click here to get info and RSVP for the rally in Philadelphia

Click here to get info and RSVP for the action in Washington, DC

BREAKING: Rally in Chicago. Sept 15th. Noon-2 PM @ Jackson & LaSalle. Heart of the Chicago Financial District. Across the street from the Chicago Federal Reserve.

Here’s the details:

Sept. 15 is the deadline for final comments on Wheeler’s proposal — and while big broadband providers like Comcast are lobbying overtime to push this plan forward, we can’t let them have the last word. To that end we’ve organized big lunchtime rallies in New York City and Philadelphia to save Net Neutrality and fight the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

On September 16th, internet freedom supporters will gather at 11:45am at the FCC building in Washington, DC, and our friends from Namecheap will be there with a giant video-billboard playing net neutrality videos on a loop! Want your video projected on the billboard? Email it to team@fightforthefuture.org – Check out Namecheap’s awesome video here to get inspiration: http://NetNeutrality.com

Your voice is essential right now. If you don’t live in DC, New York or Philly, you can organize a rally in your own community. It’s a pretty easy process and we’ve put together a handy toolkit with all the info you need to launch your own event.

All of us on #TeamInternet have made a ton of noise since Wheeler proposed his rules — sending record-breaking numbers of comments to the FCC, rallying in Washington, D.C., and California, meeting with our elected officials to push them to stand up for real Net Neutrality.

But we need to keep speaking out to win this one. We’ve got to keep the momentum moving until Wheeler faces facts and realizes that his proposal would kill the open Internet and please no one except mammoth companies like Comcast that want to squash their competition.

So grab your megaphone and get ready to rally on Sept. 15. Let’s make this national day of action one that Net Neutrality haters will never forget.

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Thanks to our friends at Free Press who originally wrote this post and are helping coordinate actions on the 15th and 16th. Follow us on twitter for more updates: https://twitter.com/fightfortheftr

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Press Release: The Internet Slowdown by the numbers

Posted 11:55 EDT on September 11, 2014

Day of protest generates nearly 300,000 calls and more than 2 million emails to Congress; 722,364 people filed comments at the FCC.

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, tech companies, websites, public interest organizations and Internet users joined forces to demonstrate overwhelming support for stronger Net Neutrality protections. Participants in the Internet Slowdown added a spinning icon representing a slow-loading Internet to their sites. Millions of people clicked through the icon to a series of actions to members of Congress, the White House and the FCC.

An infographic displaying some of the protest highlights is here: https://battleforthenet.com/#infographic

Here are screenshots from the protest: http://imgur.com/a/fqeiC

NOTE: The volume of comments overwhelmed the FCC’s servers during the slowdown. Fight for the Future is in contact with the FCC’s tech team and is working out a solution to ensure that every comment is filed properly.

Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Engine Advocacy, and the Free Press Action Fund organized the Internet Slowdown. The Battle for the Net website featuring updates and actions is http://battleforthenet.com

Here are the numbers from the Internet Slowdown:

Calls made to Congress: 303,099

Emails sent to Congress: 2,167,092

Comments filed at the FCC: 722,364

Calls per minute to Congress (during peak hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): 1,000

Participating websites: more than 10,000

Facebook shares of spinning icon: more than 1,120,000

These numbers are valid as of 10 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday. The final tally on Wednesday’s action will be provided at https://www.battleforthenet.com/

“The numbers tell the story: People everywhere are using the Internet to save the Internet from phone and cable companies,” said Fight for the Future Campaign Director Evan Greer. “We’ve shown that the best way to fight these powerful special interests in Washington is through mass action by people from outside Washington. The FCC and Congress can no longer dismiss the overwhelming consensus of public support for real Net Neutrality protections.”

“The Internet Slowdown was the biggest day of online activism since the Internet Blackout of 2012, when people rejected the SOPA and PIPA copyright bills,” said Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal. “As the FCC decision on Net Neutrality approaches, Internet users will continue to speak out in numbers and with a message that will be impossible to ignore.”

“Internet users spoke out loud and clear on Wednesday,“ said Free Press Action Fund President and CEO Craig Aaron. “They’re united against FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to allow fast and slow lanes on the Internet. The chairman must now listen to the public, abandon his pay-to-play plan, and pursue the best and only path to real Net Neutrality protections – by reclassifying Internet service providers as common carriers.”

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The Internet Slowdown: we made history today! But we’re not done yet.

Posted 22:40 EDT on September 10, 2014

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Thanks so much for being part of the Internet Slowdown. We made history today, it’s been huge!

More and more people are pouring in every minute to take action. This is the biggest opportunity we’ve ever had to protect the Internet as a platform for free expression, but the momentum won’t last forever. We need to seize this moment and turn it into an undeniable victory.

Can you help? If all of us take just two minutes right now to tell everyone we know about Battleforthenet.com we could double the massive number of people taking action today.

Please forward this email to everyone in your address book. Text all your friends and tell them to join, and post on social media. Here we’ll make it easy for you!

Click here to share on Facebook

Click here to share on Twitter

Click here to share on Tumblr

So far today we’ve driven 525,000 comments to the FCC from our site alone, and we melted phones in Washington, DC with more than 193,000 phone calls to Congress and the White House. That’s outstanding! But Cable companies like Comcast and Verizon are spending more than $1 million every week lobbying politicians in DC to ignore the public’s voice on this issue.

Let’s make ourselves impossible to ignore. Are you with us?

Yours for the Internet,
-Evan, Tiffiniy, Holmes, Kevin, Jeff, Vasjen, and Jessica
Fight for the Future

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