For everyone who cares about the future of an open Internet, today is a day of celebration. The Federal Communications Commission’s vote for net neutrality will not only allow today’s startups to compete and grow and create new jobs, it will also allow future generations of innovators to develop world-changing technologies that we can’t yet even imagine.
Today’s victory was the result of a massive team effort that included not just tech organizations like Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo, and Foursquare, but also diverse groups like the National Association of Realtors, the Future of Music Coalition and the National Hispanic Media Coalition. This allowed us to simultaneously articulate the importance of an open Internet to high-tech startups and traditional mom-and-pop businesses; to independent media companies and civic organizations; to students, artists and working families.
As the walls between the tech industry and every other aspect of American life continue to disappear, we need to make clear to policy makers that these are not just tech issues. These issues affect Americans from all walks of life. And the way we can do that is by continuing to build diverse coalitions and looking for partners in unexpected places.