As you may have noticed, for the last few weeks Phish.net has been running a banner ad linking to BattleForTheInternet where you can write and email your congressperson to urge them to fight against the FCC and prevent them from killing net neutrality.
As reported in TheOutline, Phish.net is on the forefront of this battle for the Internet. Why Phish fans? Well, Phish and the Internet grew up together like childhood neighbors of the 1990s. Phish’s early fans were the same early adopts of the Internet and Phish’s digital reach now includes a variety of websites, apps, downloads, streams, webcasts, you name it. And so, limiting the Internet would certainly limit access to Phish’s music.
But what exactly is all this Net Neutrality talk?
“Net neutrality is the principle that Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon should not control what we see and do online. In 2015, startups, Internet freedom groups, and 3.7 million commenters won strong net neutrality rules from the US Federal Communication Commission (FCC). The rules prohibit Internet providers from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization—”fast lanes” for sites that pay, and slow lanes for everyone else.”
And it’s just not Phish who are fighting the good fight. Reddit, Netflix, BoingBoing, Etsy, Github, and Patreon are just a few of the leading businesses urging Congress to act to preserve net neutrality.
And today is the big day! Today, 12/12/17, is your call to action. Today is the day to…
We encourage everyone to get creative and think about how you can best get your friends, family, or audience to participate in the “Break the Internet” day of action – whether it’s by sharing on Facebook and Twitter, putting something prominent on your site, sending a push notification to your mobile app users, making a video, or anything else you can think of!