SAVE THE INTERNET

July 16th, 2014

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Net NeutralityRegardless of where you fall on the political spectrum – Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal, Don’t Know, Don’t Care, Anarchist, Lunatic… even the “Shut Up & Stick To Music” camp, etc – there are some issues which just matter to everyone: they affect you even if you don’t know about them, or even if you don’t care.

And they affect all of us: i.e. do we spend our tax money on improving America & building jobs & promoting health & education or do we spend it on wars abroad? Or do we prosecute billionaires who steal millions of dollars from the working class? Or do we take a stand to protect our privacy when we find out the government is spying on everything we do?

…either way, I think one of the most relevant issues of our day is Net Neutrality: protecting every person’s access to the fastest internet possible; keeping the internet as fair as possible and as free as possible.

It seems every few months I hear about some new threat to internet freedom. It’s always some new urgent announcement: “tomorrow is our last chance to speak up and protect internet freedom” like literally… this the fucking 50th time its happened in the last 10 years, but I just found out its happening again.

And THIS FRIDAY is the deadline. The new deadline. I think it’s bullshit, and I think there should be legislation implemented that makes it more difficult to try and pass new laws which are unconstitutional. Because currently the people with the most money just keep trying again and again to push through laws which benefit them, and it’s up to everyone else to waste our time trying to keep an eye on them. It should be the other way around: if you bring a bill to the table which turns out to be unconstitutional you should get a Big Fine for wasting everyone’s time, and for endangering the constitution. That way the onus falls on the big corporations who keep trying to seize control of the internet. That way it’s up to the private companies who try and shit on our Constitutional rights. Not on us. Nobody has time fer that.

Anyhow, that little rant aside, i would like to tell you three things:

1. I hope you’re having a great day!

2. I’m sorry if you don’t like politics, or you feel I should not like politics, or you wish I didn’t talk about politics. If you don’t like, just don’t read. But don’t tell me what to do! 🙂

3. If you think Net Neutrality is as important as I do, then visit this link and support:

WWW.BATTLEFORTHENET>COM

  • Lauren

    Thank you SO much for bringing more awareness to such a complex & important issue (: If any one who wants to learn a bit more about WHY this is important-to all of us-this comic is really clear and makes a complicated topic easy to understand. http://economixcomix.com/home/net-neutrality/ (& then you can let the FCC know how you feel!! 🙂

  • Ed

    I respect that you are sharing the good word on fighting for our freedoms! But what I do not understand is why this website would like my address/zip code. I wish there was an option just to receive email notifications about future campaigns.

    • Damian Manda

      The reason is because I assume they are essentially forwarding the comments to the official FCC form (http://www.fcc.gov/comments) which requires a name and address (but not an email). If you don’t want to be signed up for their mailing list, just write your comments on the official form.

  • disqus_QAs7aH62P4

    Thank you for using your voice and visibility to promote knowledge and democracy! I respect you immensely for trying to keep us aware and involved in issues that have huge consequences for everyone.

  • disqus_QAs7aH62P4

    Thank you for using your voice and visibility to promote knowledge and democracy! I respect you immensely for trying to keep us aware and involved in issues that have huge consequences for everyone.

  • tommydagun

    There is legislation that makes it more difficult to pass unconstitutional laws. It’s called the Constitution!

    A law that punished someone for supporting legislation that was later overturned would itself almost certainly be unconstitutional, on both First Amendment and due process grounds and as ex post facto law.

  • tommydagun

    Also, Net Neutrality doesn’t arise under the Constitution, but whether the FCC has the power to mandate it under the 1934 Communications Act. It’s not (except in a separation of powers sense) a Constitutional issue.

  • In Europe we have the “parti Pirate” by The Pirate Bay, it is official and it have sits in the European government, it took down the ACTA in Europe and made some nice things for a free and fair internet.

  • Johnny Ayahuasca

    Yes thank you bassnectar! I wish we could say how we spend our tax money, i think the criminal in chief does that, but sign me up! where do i sign up!? Oh i found it, thanks again bassnectar!!! <3

  • Sarina Larson

    The activity on #internetslowdown and #battleforthenet today is amazing. Google and Dropbox just joined this morning. Twitter is covered with the loading icons. Truly remarkeable. If only Aaron Swartz were still around… 🙁 .. Thanks for speaking up Lorin! We will share this post at our non-profit, Bizlanthropy.