Day of Action to Save the Internet Snapchat, Google, Facebook, and Spotify have announced plans to join in the effort.
Holy moly. This is going to be huge.
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We’re now just two days away from our massive Day of Action to Save the Internet, and it’s suddenly grown to exceed even our lofty expectations.
Snapchat, Google, Facebook, and Spotify have announced plans to join in the effort, encouraging their tens of millions of users to contact the FCC. Pro-net neutrality senators are even warning the FCC to beef up their website’s capacity to handle the flood of traffic without crashing.
This is all great news–but as the day of action has grown, so have our expenses.
For instance, with so many big websites joining in, our online tool to help people call Congress could see double or even triple the number of calls we’d budgeted for. Our call tool makes calling super easy (which means more calls and impact!) but connecting 1 million calls could cost us $40,000. We’re also building a tool to help people record and upload video messages to the FCC, and that has some big bandwidth costs.
Will you chip in to help cover the costs of the fast-growing Day of Action to Save the Internet?
We know that FCC Chair and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai is hell-bent on gutting net neutrality. But with new polling showing that the vast majority of Republican and Democratic voters support the free and open internet, members Congress are really feeling the heat.
Even before Pai formally announced the net neutrality repeal, many political experts were saying that Republicans could lose control of Congress. If the Trump administration moves forward with yet another hugely unpopular proposal, then vulnerable Republicans in purple districts know that they will pay the price in next year’s election.
That’s why we can still save net neutrality. Even if FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is committed to helping his friends and former bosses in the telecommunications industry, Congress can stop him.
When we announced the July 12 day of action, our goal was to make it the biggest in history. But now with Facebook, Google, and so many other huge websites joining in, it could be bigger than even we’d imagined.