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Crowdfunding campaign wants net neutrality billboard where US regulator can't miss it

Grant Gross | May 5, 2014
Ohanian turns to crowdfunding site to raise money for a billboard opposing the FCC chairman's proposal

His campaign then, happening about two months after Internet protests killed SOPA, raised more than $15,000 for a billboard that warned the lawmaker to not "mess with the Internet."

Separate from Ohanian's new campaign, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal advocacy group, launched NoSlowLane.com this week and is urging President Barack Obama to back strong net neutrality rules as he promised during his first presidential campaign.

Obama pledged to push for net neutrality rules during a town hall appearance on MTV in 2007, in response to a question from Joe Niederberger, a New Jersey small business owner and former Internet engineer.

"I appreciated that promise because it meant a future full of innovation," Niederberger said on a video posted on the NoSlowLane site.

But the new FCC proposal doesn't live up to those promises, Niederberger said. "The FCC should be making the Internet better for us all, not slowing the Internet down, raising costs and hurting innovation," he added.

 

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