The Federal Communication Commission powers are not listening to the voices of the people. I received a message from one of the online shops I visit. Etsy tends not to be politically motivated, but they believe the issue is worthy of attention. If you have not done so, please contact Congress and FCC to protect our use of the internet and the right to use it without restrictions.
We wouldn’t be interrupting your busiest time of the year if this wasn’t truly important. As you know, we’ve stood hand-in-hand with Etsy sellers in the fight for rules that protect the open internet. Those rules are now on the chopping block, and we need your help. Use our simple form to easily contact your representatives in the United States Congress and ask them to stand up for net neutrality.
This holiday season, Etsy sellers like you can compete with bigger brands based on the quality of your products, rather than the depths of your pockets. By this time next year, that may not be the case.
Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman ignored the concerns of tens of thousands of Etsy sellers in favor of a few large cable companies and announced a proposal that will roll back nearly all of the rules that protect the open internet. Without these rules, cable companies could require users to pay for faster access, prioritize their own websites over others, and even block content they don’t like. It’s possible that Etsy and all our US sellers could be stuck in the internet slow lane.
One week from today, the FCC will vote to overturn the protections we fought together to ensure. Next week’s vote will not be the end of our fight to protect a free and open internet, but it will mark the start of the next chapter. Now is the time to tell your representatives in Congress what the internet means for you, your family, and your businesses.
Don’t let Congress go home for the holidays without hearing from you. Send a strong message to your representatives right now!