Today, Etsy is proud to join businesses and activists across the world taking action to protect the open Internet.
As a young tech company and a platform that hosts more than one million micro-businesses, we understand how valuable an open Internet is to innovation. It is what allows Etsy sellers to compete with much bigger, more established brands. It is what allowed Etsy to grow from a tiny startup in a Brooklyn apartment to a global platform with more than $1.35 billion in sales last year alone.
Unfortunately, the Internet is under threat. The FCC recently proposed rules that would allow some companies to pay for faster access to consumers, leaving the rest of us in the “Internet Slow Lane.” The FCC’s proposal would harm any business that depends on the Internet to reach consumers, which is why we called on the business community to join us in taking action to protect net neutrality today.
Along with public interest groups and major tech companies like Kickstarter, Mozilla, Reddit, and Netflix, we are participating in a national #InternetSlowDown that will demonstrate the negative impact the FCC’s dangerous proposal would have on the web.
Through a banner on our homepage and outreach to our sellers, we are mobilizing Etsy users to contact their representatives in Washington. All day, the Etsy community will urge lawmakers to stand up for the the open Internet. With final comments to the FCC due on September 15 and Congress heading home soon for the midterm elections, now is the time to let Washington know we care about this issue, and we are paying attention.
This is a community-driven movement. Since Etsy submitted comments to the FCC in July, our community has been organizing to protect net neutrality — “crafting” comments to the FCC via embroidered loading symbols, engraved housewares, and the like. Today, Etsy members inside and outside the US will share images of these items via social media — making it clear that the Etsy community will not sit idly by while the FCC undermines the Internet on which they depend.
Together, we will do everything we can to protect the open Internet.