What's Going On

If you're here, you probably know that the Federal Communications Comission is proposing new rules to allow Internet providers to discriminate based on content to provide separate and unequal connection speeds, effectively creating "fast" and "slow" lanes for the Internet. This means that website owners and entrepreneurs like you may be forced to pay an arbitrary fee to ISPs like Comcast and Time Warner if you want your visitors to be able to access your website at regular speeds – or at all.

This is a big issue. ISPs want to extort money from websites they deem profitable enough to pay them extra. We must convince the FCC that this is a terrible idea.

#StopTheSlowLane is an initiative to raise awareness about this issue. At its core is a simple JavaScript widget and Wordpress Plugin for your website or blog that will inform your visitors about what's going on and empower them to easily contact Congress and the FCC voicing their opposition to this proposal. Our goal is to get as many people as possible to do this, and we need your help.

Right now, protesters are camped out at the FCC, demanding rules prohibiting “slow lanes” and a restoration of net neutrality. And protests are planned outside FCC offices around the country as well. Live in the DC area, or in NYC? Come down and say hi. Too far away? Run the code on your website to protest online!

1. Get the Code!

(Click here for WordPress installation instructions)

Add this block of HTML inside your website's <head> tag, after any javascript or stylesheet tags. See it in action.

<style id="_sl_hide" type="text/css">body { display: none; }</style>
<script src="https://fightforthefuture.github.io/stoptheslowlane/widget/slowlane.js"></script>

Two things to note:

  • The widget will show up once per user, per site (using cookies). To always show it for testing, (re)load your page with #ALWAYS_SHOW_SL_WIDGET at the end of the address.
  • In practice, the Contact Congress form will show after the animation plays once. The previews below loop indefinitely just for demo purposes.

Here's a preview of what the loading process will look like.

Alternate version: here's what browsing the web will be like once Comcast/Time Warner succeed in slowing it down. See it in action.

<style id="_sl_hide" type="text/css">body { display: none; }</style>
<script type="text/javascript">var _sl_options = { animation: 'blur' }; // Alternate Comcast animation</script>
<script src="https://fightforthefuture.github.io/stoptheslowlane/widget/slowlane.js"></script>

Animated GIF: If you don't want to actually slow down your page loads, embed our animated GIF!

<a href="https://www.stoptheslowlane.com/linkback.html" target="_blank"><img src="https://fightforthefuture.github.io/stoptheslowlane/widget/anigif.gif" /></a>

2. Spread the word!

Works on all devices
The more people are onboard with #StopTheSlowLane, the better. Spread the word to your friends and followers via Email, Twitter, Facebook, or any other social network of your preference.

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