We are locked and loaded to participate in the Internet Slowdown Day on September 10th 2014 organized by Fight for the Future through BattleForTheNet.com. As a technology company whose revenue depends on innovation (our own and others) there are few greater threats to both our livelihood and potential as a company than measures which aim to seize consolidated control over access to internet infrastructure resources on which our daily business depends. And when the sole motive is profit and control, that really sticks in our craw. These measures would be bad for us as a tech company, bad for our clients and customers, and bad for consumers.
Internet Slowdown Day
Here is a quick summary describing the issue from battleforthenet.com:
On May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission proposed rules that would permit rampant discrimination online, undermining Net Neutrality. The FCC’s proposal would be a huge boon for the cable companies and would undermine the Internet as we know it.
Under the proposed rules, cable giants like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon would be able to create a two-tiered Internet, with slow lanes (for most of us) and fast lanes (for wealthy corporations that are willing pay fees in exchange for fast service).
Cable companies would have the power to discriminate against online content and applications — they could pick winners and losers, shake sites down for fees, block content for political reasons, and make it easier for Internet users to view cable content. (For instance, Comcast owns NBC, and so has incentives to make it easier to view NBC content than that of other providers.)
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Every Voice Matters
We’re adding the Never Settle voice to the alarm on this and will be participating in Internet Slowdown Day on 9/10/2014 to help raise awareness. We’re a tiny voice in the good company of some massive voices: WordPress, Vimeo, Etsy, Kickstarter, Reddit, Tumblr and many more, but every voice counts! That’s why even your voice is important. Please spread the word and sign the petition to help preserve freedom on the net. And never turn down an opportunity to stand up for your Constitutional or inalienable human rights. Granted, the “internet” doesn’t fall in that same category, but the attack on it comes from the same source as the attack on other more fundamental freedoms: power and greed seek control and extortion. The temptation is simply too strong for many leaders in positions to chase it. But we can and should follow the example of other leaders who have stood up for freedom and resisted power-hungry control and greed-blind extortion.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.