Why we’re taking part in the “Internet Slowdown”

Today, BitTorrent stands alongside companies like Etsy, Netflix, Reddit and a host of others to participate in Internet Slowdown day — a visual representation of what the Internet would look like if the FCC abandons Net Neutrality in favor of a prioritized “pay-for-play” system.

We stand by these principles in governing the Net:

– No blocking of traffic.
– No discrimination of traffic.
– No Paid Priority, what’s known as the Internet “Fast Lane.”

We’ve all been frustrated by the spinning wheel that indicates a webpage or application is taking too long to load. But, if the FCC decides to force some companies to pay a premium to use bandwith, then all of us will be seeing it a lot more. Your favorite free and premium services risk throttled networks, slow load times and worse.

But we can’t do it alone: this is where you can help us. Get involved now and stand alongside us by changing your social avatars with this package at Battle For The Net and tweeting with #InternetSlowdown. You can also contact the FCC or your local congressperson to comment about the issue, easily done through our Internet Better website.

Today is the last day to make your voice heard before the comments close. You can be a part of a record-breaking cause, as consumer comments to the FCC have surpassed those from Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl halftime scandal.

We urge everyone to take action today, before that load wheel becomes the new normal.

Lauren Hockenson
Written by: Lauren Hockenson

Lauren is the Editorial and Social Media Manager at BitTorrent.

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  • jon49

    Be smart, don’t listen to the fear mongering and don’t ask for the government to kill the internet by regulating it more. Government is not the solution!