And Congress, along with the FCC, got a flood of emails as an activist organized internet slowdown garnered enough public support to take support for the concept into the Capitol and the Portals, home to the FCC.
According to Free Press, participating organizations showed citizens what a fast lane-slow lane internet might look like by using a spinning “content-loading” icon on their website any time somebody tried to use the site to access content.
Willing citizens were offered the opportunity to contact Congress and the FCC. Free Press measured phone calls in the hundreds of thousands and emails in the millions.
Calls made to Congress: 286,192
Emails sent to Congress: 2,167,092
Comments filed at the FCC: 722,364
“Internet users spoke out loud and clear on Wednesday,” said Free Press Action Fund President and CEO Craig Aaron. “They’re united against FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to allow fast and slow lanes on the Internet. The chairman must now listen to the public, abandon his pay-to-play plan, and pursue the best and only path to real Net Neutrality protections — by reclassifying Internet service providers as common carriers.”