While the FCC has made their decision on net neutrality, the internet isn’t laying back in defeat. Reddit is using a clever way to rally users to lobby lawmakers on the matter. When you head to Reddit’s website and click on a subreddit link (in this case r/technology), you’re greeted with a startling message (screenshot above).
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It’s pretty effective in getting your attention, especially when you’re expecting an entirely different page. As your eyes scan down you get a spinning circle that says loading and a giant yellow button labeled, “Contact your lawmakers.” Below that, they finally let you know that you’re actually not blocked but do encourage you to rally for net neutrality.
Ok, not yet, but we now have less than 60 legislative days to pass a Senate resolution to block the FCC repeal of net neutrality, or the whole Internet could look like this. We only need #OneMoreVote.
If you click on the yellow button, you’re redirected to Battle for the Net, where they encourage you to write to Congress.
The FCC voted to kill net neutrality and let ISPs like Comcast ruin the web with throttling, censorship, and new fees. Congress has 60 legislative days to overrule them and save the Internet using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), but we still need #OneMoreVote to win in the Senate. Can you write Congress now?
It’s a clever way for this subreddit to get their point across. The arguments for and against net neutrality are out there so if you’re not familiar you’ll have to research that yourself. It will be interesting to see what happens either way.
Last Updated on February 28, 2018.