Today is the day!
The top appeals court in the US just decided in favor of the net neutrality rules we fought so hard to win. Net neutrality is the law of the land and one of the cable industry’s best shots at overturning the rules has come up empty.
Net neutrality, or the open Internet, says that no company can slow down or block websites as a basic first amendment rule of the Internet. Now, the courts just decided that the strongest possible way to protect that rule—the worst-case scenario envisioned by Comcast—is completely and fully legal!
Being told this win was impossible is a sting we can still feel today. But after we worked together to submit a record breaking 4 million comments to the FCC, camped out at their headquarters, called for Title II when we had little political cover, and brought together thousands of companies to take action with us, we got the largest win against entrenched interests this decade.
But this isn’t over. Partisan and heavily-funded attacks have been piling up. Make a monthly donation so we can build the campaigns that reach millions more people and definitively undermine their plans.
Fight for the Future signed on as intervenors in the USTelecom vs FCC case, so it’s especially nice to win this one. This watershed victory reminds us we can break down the status quo and win big if we stay tenacious. (Here’s a little refresher on how we won.)
But—surprise!—this fight is not over.
There is still a giant loophole in the net neutrality rules that we need the FCC to fix. If we don’t, net neutrality could be undermined by “sponsored data” programs and the Internet could become less open than if we never won the rules in the first place.
Then there’s Congress. Earlier today, House Speaker Paul Ryan released his legislative blueprint that includes plans to weaken the FCC’s authority to enforce net neutrality.
And last but not least, the broadband industry has already said they are going to take this all the way to the Supreme Court.
Clearly, we need to keep fighting. But we need your help.
Want to see how this fight was won—we made this timeline of the fight so you can do that!
Thanks for all you have done to make this net neutrality win possible so far!
Fight for the Future
P.S. To learn more, here are some articles: