Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality

Year-long campaign ends in victory, after massive global coalition unites to stop telecom conglomerates' plan to force millions of websites into an Internet slow lane

VANCOUVER, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just announced strong new Net Neutrality rules. Experts say the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating 'slow lanes' on the Internet.

Vancouver-based Internet freedom organization OpenMedia, which yesterday parked a giant Jumbotron opposite the FCC to stream citizen comments, is hailing the FCC's announcement as a historic victory for Internet users everywhere that will have positive implications for Canadians. The group helped spearhead international efforts to defend net neutrality.

"This is a historic victory for the Internet and for Internet users everywhere," said Josh Tabish, campaign manager for OpenMedia. "Let's be clear about one thing: the telecom companies were looking for the legal tools to squeeze every last cent out of every last Internet user. But today, they lost those tools. This is because millions of Internet users, hundreds of tech companies, and dozens of public interest groups stayed vigilant for over a year."

Read more: https://openmedia.ca/news/canadian-group-plays-pivotal-role-historic-win-internet-us-fcc-announces-strong-new-rules-save-net-n

SOURCE OpenMedia.ca

For further information: David Christopher, Communications Manager, OpenMedia, 1-778-232-1858, david@openmedia.ca

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