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Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

The internet we know and love is under attack. Support the free and open internet by enabling our “Fight for Net Neutrality” plugin on your WordPress.com blog.

“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

Net Neutrality under attack

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed rules that would, for the first time, expressly allow internet providers — like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T — to charge internet companies like Automattic, Netflix or Etsy for access to their subscribers. This means there could be “fast lanes” for companies who are able to pay providers for preferred internet access, while everyone else gets stuck in the “slow lane”…which means applications won’t perform as quickly, webpages will load slowly, and of course, buffering. A slow “still loading” spinner will be an unfortunate, but common sight on the new, closed internet that the big providers want.

Unsurprisingly, the large telecom companies who stand to benefit from the FCC’s proposed rules fully support their passage. They have nearly unlimited funds and hundreds of lobbyists in Washington to promote these harmful new rules.

But what they don’t have is you.

What can we do to fight back?

Automattic strongly supports a free and open internet. After all, WordPress.com, and the WordPress open source project are living examples of what is possible on an unthrottled internet, open for creation, collaboration, and expression. Over the last few months, we’ve joined 150 major tech companies in sending a letter to Washington in support of net neutrality, and met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to urge him to preserve the internet we’ve always known.

Now it’s your turn.

Automattic, along with many other companies and digital rights organizations, is proud to participate in the Internet Slowdown on September 10. For this day of action, we’ve built a “Fight for Net Neutrality” plugin that you can enable now on your WordPress.com blog to show support for this important cause.

You can turn the plugin on by going to your Dashboard, Settings → Fight for Net Neutrality.

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When you enable the plugin, we’ll replace a few of the posts on your site with a “Still Loading” spinner…to show what life will be like on an internet that features dreaded slow lanes.

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The plugin will also display a banner that shows your support for Net Neutrality, and links to battleforthenet.com, where visitors to your site can sign a letter to the FCC about this important issue.

Please take a few minutes to enable the Fight for Net Neutrality on your site today, and visit battleforthenet.com to send a message to Washington that net neutrality must be preserved. Together we can make a difference, and we hope you’ll join us in this important battle for the open internet!


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  1. thesciencegeek

    An extremely interesting post. I am 100% behind thi campaign. It would very disappointing for the vast majority of internet users if there ever were a fast and slow lane for internet traffic

    The Science Geek

    Liked by 17 people

  2. David Boles

    Enabled!

    Love the joined fight!

    Speed onward!

    Liked by 7 people

  3. sixdegreesphotography

    I’m in the fight too! Thank you WordPress for giving us a voice!!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Clare Flourish

    What is happening outside the US? Anyone know?

    Liked by 8 people

  5. ciarah942

    Enabled!🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Life Blog

    I love this idea I will definitely support this cause

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Widdershins

    Done and done.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Rodney Rawlings

    I am totally against this. My reasons are given in this article:

    http://ari.convio.net/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=12767

    “The Internet is one of the great bastions of freedom and innovation in our civilization. Let us keep it that way by rejecting “net neutrality.””

    Liked by 5 people

  9. cristinamycrochet

    Done. Doesn’t matter if you live in US or not. 1. You will need to access a site or blog from US. 2. If they create a precedent…

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Israel

    right behind you

    Liked by 1 person

  11. MSkiKnits

    Set my banner. Thanks for keeping us aware. Sometimes things aren’t noticed due to the business of life. This is definitely something I want to stop my rush, read and be a part of spreading the word. Mahalo for sharing not only the post, but the chance for us to share with our readers.

    Liked by 4 people

  12. elena ocone

    Enabled, Godspeed!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. NdnaJnz

    This is a great idea! Thank you, Automattic, for jumping in and making it easy for WP devs and bloggers to join in. Now, to go and convince those clients that this is a necessary one-day evil…

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Marilyn Armstrong

    Done and done. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. yolandeja

    Am onboard for this worthy cause!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. nirohhh

    You have my full support .

    Like

  17. vision216

    thanks for the great idea.it’s done

    Liked by 2 people

  18. L A Peluso Designs

    Thanks for taking this on! Will do!

    Like

  19. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff

    All set!

    Like

  20. Angie Rodriguez

    Ouch! I didn’t know this! Done!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. fearlessanalyst

    While I am Canadian, I think it’s a good idea for us too. Most of my readers seem to be American anyway. I am very happy to do what I can!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Sylvia

    Since I live behind the Great Firewall, I actually experience this and much worse on a daily basis. One of the things I love when back in the states is the free access and fast speeds of internet. I certainly hope it stays that way!

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Mary Kate

    Done. All enabled.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. seweverythingblog

    Enabled. Thanks for leading the fight, and having your bloggers’ back.

    Like

  25. Dianne Buxton (@Dianbee)

    I shared this info on a site with 100,000 members. I hope they follow up!

    Like

  26. Jared

    I am 100% behind this. Let’s keep the net neutral, folks!

    Liked by 1 person

  27. tom

    Net neutrality is a stupid concept. Why shoul Netflex and UTube hog the bancwith subsidized by non-users like me. Hwere is a concept. If you use you pay,

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  28. Don Royster

    I have already posted the plugin on my blog. And I am asking all the WordPress bloggers in the US that I follow to do the same.

    Liked by 2 people

  29. Paul Hill

    I’ve enabled the plug-in on my website, but I’m pessimistic. This wouldn’t be the first time that monied interests have chose to use their resources to change the law and get them special access to worldwide markets. Tiered pricing and class of service are already alive and well in the consumer marketplace, where only those who can afford it get the best service or product; the rest of us, the crumbs. Complaints from the likes of those who express themselves on web services like WordPress should be writing about the unbridled power of big business and the corrupt politicians they own. Write letters on this subject and email them direct to the White House (you can do that, and get a response even!)

    Liked by 2 people

  30. The Imperfect Kitchen

    Definitely onboard with this. Downloaded and supporting. Thanks guys.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. emmysmed

    What a well written post- totally into this!

    Like

  32. Andre Tan

    Taking action on Net Neutrality!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. Jenny Zhu

    Reblogged this on i want to go to there..

    Liked by 3 people

  34. JenT

    Enabled on both my primary site and its companion site, but the positioning on the companion site is so far below the fold that it’s questionable if anyone would see it. I guess it depends on theme.

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  35. Aðalheiðr

    Comcast alone has 70% of the market share with a 90%+ profit margin and a satisfaction rating lower than the IRS, already has the legal ‘right’ to dictate what you can post, what groups you join, and what you read on their ‘service’. i.e. internet (look at your contract, it’s in there they simply don’t enforce it). And now they and every other internet provider (half of whom they own anyway) want to tailor your internet speed for their personal profit?

    Enabled so that these money grubbers won’t be.

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  36. Ellen Hawley

    Thanks to WordPress for taking on this fight! Ellen

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  37. francineallen36

    Net Neutrality is crucial for keeping information accessible to people of all socioeconomic status so they can have control of their own knowledge and the means to improve their lives with that knowledge

    Like

  38. Charlie

    We need to bring this fight to the telecommunications industry, too. Just remember T-Mobile is killing it with that free music options.

    Like

  39. yaguarete79

    I’m 100% with you! Internet was born free and thus it must go on.

    Like

  40. theflipsideofdevelopment

    Done on all my blogs! Right with you.

    Like

  41. Karen

    Reblogged this on Karen Alma and commented:

    I love that the company I work for cares about these things.

    Like

  42. Three Cedars Irish Dexters

    I’m so grateful for the participation decided upon by WordPress, along with those responsible for coordinating the beginnings. My husband and I chose to give up Cable television, because we were there when Cable television was born. We remember exactly what subscribers were paying for… and how much. Nothing of the sort exists today. The greed of Cable Television has stolen its own integrity. Now it wants to hijack the Internet.

    And I’m seeing commercials from our television, aired with our outdoor hdtv antenna, that they have lobbyists already working on hijacking ‘free television,’ as well.

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  43. Zandy Ring

    Reblogged this on Revelry Reverie and commented:

    The neutrality of the internet is in danger, and it’s up to all of us who value that neutrality to take action. Read on for Automattic’s general counsel’s (Paul) take on it.

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  44. cathiele

    [sure hope this works … ]
    I have just a small website (www.chinterests.wordpress.com) but without WordPress, it wouldn’t be. So I’ve added the widget (brilliant … and truly annoying!) and a bit of explanation, as I’m in Canada. I’m just another drop in the bucket … but wouldn’t it be great if all the drops became a torrent, to smash cold water all over this plan by the already unchallenged cable company monopoly. By the way, even though it’s from June, the John Oliver piece is devastating. Loved it!

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  45. Ryan Boren
  46. morichansgarden

    This is akin to car companies telling you where you can drive your car. Imagine needing to pay a separate fee to use a school, church, or other non-corporate website. Or having them take so long to load they are effectively no longer accessible, thus censoring sites that internet providers don’t want you to see. Censoring non-illegal or non-pornographic sites in any way is a bad idea for anyone to allow; everybody should support this!

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  47. philipmopperman

    It is similar to what they are doing to our roads. I pay taxes for highway and roads to be built, now they are creating more and more diamond lanes that I have to pay again to use, when I have already paid for them. The fact that they are doing the same for the internet is just annoying.

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  48. odonnelljack52

    money talks and lots of money shouts and drowns out those without. The infrastructure of the internet was given freely. Now they want to set up toll booths.

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  49. desideropacem

    Been there, done that!

    Like

  50. Denise

    Reblogged this on Lettergrade and commented:

    Net Neutrality will determine what your internet looks like going forward. Inform yourself! Inform others!

    Like

  51. o152animations

    I’ve proudly posted the official widget on the O-152 site. Thanks for bringing this up.

    Liked by 1 person

  52. Paul

    So the WordPress.org guys get left behind? There’s no plugins or Jetpack extension for this. Would like to put one up…

    Liked by 1 person

  53. Alice de Sturler

    Installed on two blogs!

    Liked by 1 person

  54. sparksj17

    FIGHTING!

    Liked by 2 people

  55. WingSideUp

    Is there a way to deactivate this plug-in? Once activated I no longer see it in my settings. Thanks for any info anyone can give.

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  56. Brad Grierson

    Thank you for allowing us to participate the way that you did yesterday.

    Like

  57. espencer2012

    Any moves to do away with net neutrality are efforts to continue to reward the super-rich to the detriment of the great majority of the U.S. population. We urgently need efforts to decrease the gap between the rich and the poor, exactly the opposite of what the large corporations are working toward.

    Like

  58. Madvanthi

    Glad that WordPress supports The Internet Defense League too!!!🙂

    Like

  59. mikeheron

    I’m too late to support this as its no 13t September, but I am dead against the increasing corruption in Governments that constantlty working for a minority against the wellbeing of the majority. I thought the wars we fought were for freedom, but now the biggest danger comes from inside as our freedoms are reduced.

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  60. elogentle

    I suppots the fight too

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  61. jwrdbh

    Let’s make a difference…

    Like

  62. touscanci

    I am the first to net neutrality in my community! Together for project success!

    Liked by 1 person

  63. Tinu Abayomi-Paul

    I hope it works this time around. Not that it hasn’t worked before, it slowed them down all the other times, but it seems like with each iteration, we lose the interest of every day consumers.

    There’s an entire community of people who create things like WordPress that can go out of business if we don’t protest this. Business owners, talented creatives and people who love the web are all equally threatened.

    Liked by 1 person

  64. rushbabe49

    NO. Keep the government OUT of the internet. Obama has already indicated that ICANN will no longer have control of the roots of the internet, and we can already expect immediate censorship of web sites by bad actors like the thugs who run China, Iran, and North Korea. Be very careful what you advocate for, you might not like the results.

    Liked by 1 person

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