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In 2012, I took my site down in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

It’s time to stand up again.

Why we need net neutrality from Vimeo Staff on Vimeo.

We have just a few days left to contact Congress and the FCC on plans to dismantle net neutrality rules that were put in place two years ago. These rules ensure that internet service providers—Comcast, Verizon, and others—cannot block or throttle individual websites, charge fees for premium delivery, or favor their own content. But without them, ISPs can reshape the Internet to their liking. Companies are already doing this to bend the Internet to their liking: Comcast, for example, throttled Netflix traffic until Netflix agreed to a demand to pay for a promise of higher streaming speeds.

What you can do:

  • File a comment with the FCC. It’s only a few moments of your time. File before July 14.
  • Spread the word. Tell others about why they need to fight.

On July 12, I’ll be standing with other activists and companies in a day of action to support net neutrality rules. Make your voice heard.


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Greetings! My name is Jason Heppler. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a scholar of the twentieth-century United States. I often write here about the history of the North American West, technology, the environment, politics, culture, and coffee. You can follow me on Twitter, or learn more about me.

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