By Praveen Kannan and Anna Strokolyst The Hotspot Shield team believes the internet should be open and secure …
On Wednesday, May 16, the U.S. Senate is voting on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to block the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. If you believe in an open internet for all—free from censorship, throttling, and costly new fees—now is your chance to contact lawmakers and ensure your voice is heard.
Visit www.battleforthenet.com to join the protest. There you’ll see a quick and easy way to contact your lawmaker. Over 16 million people have already voiced their opinions, stood up for their rights, and fought back against corporate greed.
Voters from across the political spectrum agree that they don’t want their cable company to control what they see and do online. The FCC’s reckless repeal has sparked an unprecedented backlash.
Why the panic?
Some say that, prior to the Obama Administration passing net neutrality regulation in 2015, the internet worked just fine, so why all this panic now?
The fact is, the internet wasn’t running fine. Netflix was being ‘throttled’ (its connection slowed down) by Verizon in 2014, in an attempt to make it difficult for people to stream their content. In 2012, AT&T banned Apple’s FaceTime on its network. And these are just some of the many things that were increasingly going on behind the scenes, hurting businesses—hurting consumers.
A lack of regulation doesn’t encourage competition, not in a market which is dominated by a few key players. It’s a monopoly, and without laws in place, giant corporations can do what they please in order to get ahead—lining their pockets in the process, improving their bottom line while neglecting the end user. Because what choice do you have as a customer? In some locations, there may only be one broadband internet provider to choose from.
Don’t let politics get in the way of what’s right. Net neutrality is overwhelmingly supported by both red and blue parties, and we need to stand together.
Tell your lawmaker that you expect them to protect your right for an open and free internet. Visit www.battleforthenet.com now.
It’s not too late.
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