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Say No to the Internet Slow Lane

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14 May 2014

Big Telecom is about to impose expensive new fees on smaller websites, creating an Internet Slow Lane for everyone except giant conglomerates.

Many of your favorite websites could slow to a crawl.

U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is about to cave to Big Telecom’s demands at a crucial meeting.2  We only have 48 hours to tell the FCC to back off their Internet Slow Lane plan. Send your message now.

The impact of this plan will be felt worldwide3 – crippling your favorite websites and making it more expensive for you to use the Internet. 

Defenders of the open Internet are already camping outside the FCC,4  but we need to do our part.

We have 48 hours to stuff the FCC’s comment system with our messages. Fill out the form on this page to send your message now.

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