Cable companies want to slow down (and break!) your favorite sites, for profit. To fight back, let's cover the web with symbolic "loading" icons, to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers. Are you in?
The Internet Slowdown starts at midnight September 10th, and runs all day until 11:59pm. Whatever awesome stuff you've got planned, do it then! And remember: the goal is to drive as many emails and calls to Congress, the White House, and the FCC as possible.
How to participate
On September 10th, sites across the web will display an alert with a symbolic "loading" symbol (the proverbial “spinning wheel of death”) and promote a call to action for users to push comments to the FCC, Congress, and the White House. Note: none of these tools actually slow your site down; they tell your visitors about the issue and ask them to contact lawmakers.
- Do you have a website or blog? Get the code, and run it all day on September 10th.
- Know anyone with a popular iPhone or Android app? Ask them to send a push notification.
- Is social media your biggest audience? Change your avatar to a spinning wheel of death. Share these images on Facebook. Or tweet these on Twitter.
Be creative! Grab peoples' attention with a loading symbol, and link to tools for emailing and calling lawmakers (e.g. battleforthenet.com). Whatever you decide, tell us you're participating, announce it publicly, and commit to getting *one* person or company with a *bigger* reach than you to join in as well. Got a question? Contact us.
Sites: Get the code
There’s a bunch of different ways for sites to participate. The best way? Run this modal. The runner up? This alert. You can also change your site’s logo (or one of its letters) to a spinning wheel of death or embed this action tool in a high traffic page. We’ve also got widgets for Wordpress.com, and Wordpress (self hosted).
You're our only hope.
This is the time to go big, visible, and strong - that's the only way we can actually win this fight. We all need to get as many people in our respective audiences motivated to do something. We can make this epic, but only if you help. We need companies to be frontrunners, leaders, and heroes on this, that’s the key ingredient to raising the bar and making sure everyone goes big.
We realize it's a big ask, but this is the kind of bad internet legislation that comes along (or gets this close to passing) once a decade or so. If it passes we'll be kicking ourselves for decades—every time a favorite site gets relegated to the slow lane, and every time we have to rework or abandon a project because of the uncertain costs paid prioritization creates. Doing the most we can right now seems like the only rational step.
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