Nearly three years ago GitHub joined millions of people and hundreds of companies to support the open internet. In 2015 the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed net neutrality rules under which broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; or favor some lawful internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind.
We won that battle, but broadband providers have been challenging the rules in court (see a brief we joined defending net neutrality) and elsewhere.
Earlier this year, the new FCC commissioner proposed rolling back the rules. Along with 1,000 companies, we asked the commissioner to reconsider and protect the open internet.
Chances are, if you’re using GitHub, you’re building or learning how to build software. Whether you’re contributing to open source, building a mobile app company, or creating a more decentralized Internet, we all need a level playing field.
If you are as passionate as you were in 2015, we’ll win the battle in the United States once more.