Join Us in the Fight for Net Neutrality

The free and open internet depends on Net Neutrality. Join us in the fight to preserve it on July 12.

Automattic strongly believes in a free and open Internet and it’s hard to imagine a truly open Internet without Net Neutrality.

What Is Net Neutrality?

“Net Neutrality” is the simple but very powerful principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Whether you’re reading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming Game of Thrones on HBO GO, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your Internet service provider delivers the Internet to you at the same speed, without blocking, throttling, or charging extra tolls based on the content you’re viewing. You can learn more about Net Neutrality and why it’s important by visiting battleforthenet.com.

Net Neutrality gives all online businesses, large and small, a chance to reach customers and succeed. It also protects important free speech rights online by prohibiting Internet providers from slowing or blocking sites or messages they don’t agree with.

Net Neutrality means an Internet where businesses, products, and ideas thrive or fail based on their own merit — not on whether they have a preferred deal in place with a broadband service provider.

We think this is the way the Internet should work, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed when they adopted their landmark Open Internet Order in 2015, enshrining Net Neutrality into law.

The debate leading up to the Order’s adoption saw scores of Internet companies (like Automattic) and millions of Internet users – including the President of the United States – stand up against powerful cable monopolies, and in support of strong Net Neutrality protections. Our voices won an important victory for the open Internet.

But…

Net Neutrality is Under Attack, Again

In May 2017, under the very misleading moniker: “Restoring Internet Freedom,” the FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, proposed to repeal the popular Net Neutrality rules. Though millions of Internet users support the rules, powerful cable and Internet providers would like nothing more than to repeal them, so that they can act as paid gatekeepers of what we see online. Indeed, without Net Neutrality, the Internet would look a lot more like cable TV, where the content you see is what your cable provider is paid to put in front of you.

We have to stop that from happening.

Take Action to Protect Net Neutrality

July 12 is an Internet-wide day of action in support of Net Neutrality. If you share our love of the free and open Internet and want to join the fight to preserve it, please join in!

Please take a moment today to help by:

(1) sending a message of support to the FCC, which you can do by visiting battleforthenet.com and

(2) enabling the Fight for Net Neutrality Plugin on your WordPress site, to show your support and encourage others to take action, too. Instructions for installing the plugin on your site are below.

Fight for Net Neutrality on Your WordPress Site

For this day of action, we’ve built a “Fight for Net Neutrality” plugin that you can enable now on your WordPress site to show support for this important cause.

For WordPress.com sites:

Turn the plugin on by going to your Settings tab on your dashboard. At the top of the Settings menu, you will see a toggle switch – flip it to on (blue) to enable the Net Neutrality plugin:

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For WordPress sites (not hosted on WordPress.com):

First, visit the WordPress.org plugin directory to download and install the Net Neutrality Plugin – here.

Then, once installed on your site, go to your wp-admin, Settings > Fight for Net Neutrality, and enable the plugin, like so:

Regardless of where you host your WordPress – enabling the plugin will replace a few of the posts on your site with a “Still Loading” spinner…to show what life will be like on an Internet without Net Neutrality, that features dreaded slow lanes.

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 send a letter to the FCC about this important issue.

After the day of action, the plugin will automatically disable, and your site will return to normal.

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. John

    Reblogged this on KULTIVATE MAGAZINE.

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  2. Cierra C. Johnson

    Reblogged this on Cierra C. Johnson and commented:
    Akaodhs

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  3. rushbabe49

    Absolutely, positively, NO. The Government needs to get OUT of the Internet, not regulate it to death as a 1930s utility monopoly.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. B27321

    Done
    🙂

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  5. Sherry

    Reblogged this on quotes and notes and opinions.

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  6. Mgon ♥

    Reblogged this on Mgon ♥.

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  7. Belinda O

    Reblogged this on My World With Words and commented:
    Cable companies want to charge us for using the Internet, based on what we watch. NOT ON MY WATCH.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ourladyofgodiva

    Our ‘playing fields’ are NOT ‘level!’ Let us keep it equal! The ‘big boys’ already have too big an advantage — in virtually everything!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. popcrate

    +1 cookie points to Automattic for taking a stand! And thank you for making this plugin! Well done!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Pigeon Heart

    Awesome. Thank you for this. Simple, concise, to the point. I’ll share now.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. John Jr

    Hello Paul Sieminski,

    Do not forget about The Internet Defense League Widget, which is an already existing widget on WordPress.com, and it will probably show a campaign about that on that day as well.

    -John Jr

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  12. Mark

    Very good, in-depth guide!

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  13. Jamie Ann Creedon

    Excellent email about an important issue. Thank you for keeping us informed and for providing us all a platform where we can each openly and freely share our thoughts and ideas. WordPress, and blogging in general, has become an important model for free speech. Hopefully together we can keep it free and unfiltered by large corporations who want to monopolize, own, and controll us and our access to information. Let freedom and net neutrality reign!

    Liked by 3 people

  14. Coolstraps

    It is hard to imagine you believe in a free and open internet while you promote government management of the internet. You ask, “What is Net Neutrality?” Net neutrality is the conversion of a free market commodity to a government run utility. No, thank you.

    Liked by 5 people

  15. Daniela Mela © Krissa.md

    Reblogged this on Daniela Mela.

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  16. Zé Marques

    Reblogged this on jose.blog.

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  17. Lisa Crowe

    Thank you for the formation and great insight… I shall join the fight for internet neutrality. I shall inform and encourage the participation all of my friends and followers that I interact with through my multiple social media platforms worldwide.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Gianna

    I’m definitely spreading the word, starting with my blogger friends, and then onto my readers. People need to know this.

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  19. cc

    You can also post your comments on FCC Proceeding #17-108 directly.

    A Commenter on my site told me about a link that was created called http://www.gofccyourself.com take you directly to the Proceeding page. I thought it was a joke. Then I tried it and verified that it’s does actually go to the correct FCC page. But you got to turn off any script-killers you have on or you won’t get through.

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  20. layvi444

    Of course I’m using this plugin let’s do this!

    Liked by 3 people

  21. Paul Handover

    Going to reblog this over on Learning from Dogs. Well done the team!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. karmashadow ~ Lynda C

    Reblogged, Fantastic plug-in

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  23. grimrpr000

    Since when did the government have title to the sky and all things passing through it? I am pretty sure I did not wake up in Russia this morning. The governments all need to mind their own business(failing at that) and leave us alone. We have done a pretty good job with the internet aside from very few Hackers and actors. We have the choice to look or turn off what we do not like or agree with.If only we could do that with our politicians!

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  24. Run.Lift.Breathe

    Very nice seeing WordPress stand up for something so important! Net Neutrality is a necessity.

    Like

  25. huckleberrypiaward

    I like your ethics!

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