July 12th: Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

Tenderloin Technology Lab is joining hundred thousands of websites, Internet users, and organizations for an Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality on July 12. The FCC wants to destroy net neutrality and give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Netflix, Vimeo, Mozilla, Yelp, Reddit, and many other major sites are participating.

What is net neutrality?

“Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. "Title II" of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)”[1]

Why is net neutrality important?

“The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It's what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.”[2]

Why is this so important for the Tech Lab and St. Anthony’s?

In the Tech Lab at St. Anthony’s, we provide residents of the Tenderloin and other nonprofits with important technological skills that increase opportunities for employment, access to essential community resources, and connections with family and friends. Our guests are mostly low-income, homeless, or marginally housed and have limited access to the internet.

Net Neutrality is very important for our community as our guests are experiencing long lines and waiting to receive their essential needs. With the new FCC Net Neutrality rules, they make our community members to wait in another line –the line of the fast internet. This just adds up another hassle to their lives and widen the digital inclusion gap in our community by adding a long wait to each browsing session to access to essential community resources. These online resource are provided by other non-profit organizations that cannot afford to pay extra charges to the big cable companies to receive the same bandwidth they have now.

Also as a nonprofit organizations, we do not want to be in a position where we have to pay higher prices or face a reality where our ISP may make our content difficult or even impossible to reach by our supporters, clients, or donors.

Take action today!

On July 12, we take the first step to stop them and keep the Internet open, fast, and awesome. This is a battle for the Internet's future. Before you do anything else, send a letter to the FCC & Congress now!

[1] [2] https://www.battleforthenet.com/

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