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‘Break the Internet’ Protest this Week to ‘Save Net Neutrality’

by Countable | 12.11.17

What’s the story?

Net neutrality supporters are planning a massive online demonstration starting Tuesday, December 12, in anticipation of the FCC’s scheduled vote to repeal the internet protections on Thursday.

"Break the Internet" is aimed at showing “the world what the web will look like without net neutrality."

How’s the internet going to break?

The digital protests will vary, depending on the site:

  • Facebook users are changing their relationship status to "Married (to net neutrality)."

  • LinkedIn users are adding the job "Defending Net Neutrality."

  • Twitter users are asked to post every 10 minutes for 48 hours before the FCC vote—using this "epic spreadsheet of tweets."

  • Reddit net neutrality activists are expected to do something similar to last week, when they took over the site with protest posts of senators and how much the telecom lobby paid them.

  • Funny Or Die visitors are met with a pop-up countdown to the vote and widget encouraging a call to Congress.

  • YouTube and Vimeo posters are adding a clip before or after their videos showing the potential slowdown of content if net neutrality is repealed.

What do you think?

Will you be participating in Break The Internet? Or do you agree with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that the government needs to "stop micromanaging the Internet"?

Hit Take Action and let your lawmakers know your position. Or tell Pai directly with our widget.

—Josh Herman

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(Photo Credit: Courtesy Break the Internet)

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  • Ashley
    12/12/2017
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    The FCC's Open Internet Rules (net neutrality rules) are extremely important to me. I urge you to protect them. Net Neutrality is the cornerstone of innovation, free speech and democracy on the Internet. I don't want ISPs to have the power to block websites, slow them down, give some sites an advantage over others, or split the Internet into "fast lanes" for companies that pay and "slow lanes" for the rest. Now is not the time to let giant ISPs censor what we see and do online. Censorship by ISPs is a serious problem. Comcast has throttled Netflix, AT&T blocked FaceTime, Time Warner Cable throttled the popular game League of Legends, and Verizon admitted it will introduce fast lanes for sites that pay-and slow lanes for everyone else-if the FCC lifts the rules. This hurts consumers and businesses large and small. I feel strongly that such censorship is a direct threat to democracy, and the first amendment protecting freedom of speech. Courts have made clear that if the FCC ends Title II classification, the FCC must let ISPs offer "fast lanes" to websites for a fee. Chairman Pai has made clear that he intends to do exactly this. But if some companies can pay our ISPs to have their content load faster, startups and small businesses that can't pay those fees won't be able to compete. You will kill the open marketplace that has enabled millions of small businesses and created the 5 most valuable companies in America-just to further enrich a few much less valuable cable giants famous for sky-high prices and abysmal customer service. Internet providers will be able to impose a private tax on every sector of the American economy. Moreover, under Chairman Pai's plan, ISPs will be able to make it more difficult to access political speech that they don't like. They'll be able to charge fees for website delivery that would make it harder for blogs, nonprofits, artists, and others who can't pay up to have their voices heard. I'm sending this to the FCC's open proceeding, but I worry that Chairman Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has made his plans and will ignore me and millions of other Americans. So I'm also sending this to my members of Congress. Please publicly support the FCC's existing net neutrality rules based on Title II, and denounce Chairman Pai's plans. Do whatever you can to dissuade him. Thank you!

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/11/2017
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    Dark web wiz kids, please save us from the GOP.

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  • Lori
    12/11/2017
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    SAVE NET NEUTRALITY!!!!!

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  • Diana
    12/11/2017
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    Protect the freedom of the internet for the American people and don’t allow the FCC to do away with net neutrality. This would be a disastrous mistake that will impact your constituents...and your family and friends...all of who are not able to pad their pockets with money from special interest groups as you are. SAVE NET NEUTRALITY!

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  • Christopher
    12/11/2017
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    So if all these other social media outlets are taking predetermined actions, what are Countable users doing that disagree with the destruction of net neutrality?

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  • PaxAmericana
    12/11/2017
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    The commerce clause of the United States only allows the federal government the right to regulate interstate commerce, that is commercial activity between individual states, not within states or internationally. As such, the power to regulate the availability of internet speed or ‘net neutrality’ is unconstitutional. The private sector has the economic right to charge whatever it deems fit for its service. Regardless of the availability of internet providers in areas of the US, much like the Healthcare industry where only one company may cover an entire state, unlike Healthcare no one is mandated to purchase internet service. If they do not want to pay for a system that inflates price for smaller websites, then the company will lose customers and thus lose more money than it otherwise may have gained from charging more. Corporations like Comcast have already pledged to maintain ‘net neutrality’ independently as a result of public pressure. Lastly, the implications of forcing all websites to have equal speeds to access them is ludicrous and Marxist. The top five websites, Amazon, Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit already account for over half of the internet traffic in the US. Like the Electoral College, repealing ‘net neutrality’ won’t allow the bigger states/websites dominate the smaller ones; they already do. Consider the US Mail Service. They offer Overnight mail delivery, Registered, Priority mail, First Class mail, Parcel Post, and Media mail. The higher price you pay, the faster delivery service you receive. In this motif, the “big five” websites are paying the most expensive Over Night shipping rates for their websites. Yet ‘net neutrality’ stipulates that their speeds must equal to everyone else’s even though they more. That is hardly fair, and is why net neutrality should be abolished.

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  • lachancp
    12/11/2017
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    So the internet was broken until 2015? And net neutrality fixed it? Bullshit.

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  • Ryan
    12/12/2017
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    Please support and co-sponsor HR 4585 to remove the mishandled Net Neutrality repeal process from the hands of the compromised FCC board. They have willingly ignored the overwhelming majority of Americans fighting for NN. Please do everything in your power to support a free and open internet. You will have my vote for a lifetime if you squash this egregious farce of a democratic process the FCC lies in claiming it has undergone.

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  • The-science-man
    12/11/2017
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    To my representatives I beg you too stand strong to support net neutrality. Giving control of the internet to a few disgusting companies is wrong. I beg you work together and create a bill and pass a law to protect net neutrality, because the American not only want but deserve this.

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  • Dave
    12/12/2017
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    Need to impeach the republicans in general. Censorship is just around the corner. We will rank with Russia, China and every dictatorship in the world.

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  • Ticktock
    12/12/2017
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    The over whelming majority of US citizens have requested that net neutrality remain as it is and not be changed. I don’t think that the reason to retain net neutrality are hard to understand and all of our Representatives have heard those reasons. Eliminating net neutrality will allow the rich and powerful to control this media, regulate it’s access and message. It is a powerful tool that should not be in the control of one segment of our society.

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  • NoHedges
    12/12/2017
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    Dear Jolly St Anonymous, I have but one wish this Christmas. Please save our internet!

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  • Sylvia
    12/12/2017
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    Senators— if you vote to dismantle net neutrality, you lose my vote completely. Quit dismantling democracy for your own profit. We are watching and we will chose someone who fights for the people and our rights.

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  • Leslie
    12/12/2017
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    The internet must stay free and open to all

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  • Maura
    12/12/2017
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    Please stop Ajit Pai and the FCC! Protect net neutrality.

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  • Trina
    12/13/2017
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    The internet is a utility and must remain neutral and protected from corporate greed. As Americans we pay some of the highest rates in the world for our internet service. Allowing ISP's to charge more for content, to restrict content and restrict speeds is not ok. The average American struggles enough to make ends meet and the Internet is now required in everyone's life for education, paying bills, and for work. Side with your constituents for once and protect net neutrality.

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  • Nancy
    12/12/2017
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    Maintain net neutrality! It’s a 21st century and beyond way to maintain freedom of speech as guaranteed by the first amendment to the Constitution!

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  • Chelsea
    12/11/2017
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    Net neutrality is important- please vote to protect it!

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  • Jonathan
    12/12/2017
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    Let the internet be free!!!!

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  • Kairi
    12/12/2017
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    It's a shame that in the great USA we got to fight for net neutrality. Home of the free...not! But the greedy, corrupt GOP and their cronies.

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