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Join Etsy in Fighting for an Open Internet

Jul 8, 2014

by Althea Erickson handmade and vintage goods

The Internet is built on the principle of openness. For the price of an Internet connection, anyone can spread new ideas or start a business — even spark a new industry.

It is this democratic access that makes the Internet so revolutionary. It is what allows Etsy sellers to compete with much bigger and more established brands. It is what allowed Etsy to grow from a tiny company in a Brooklyn apartment to a global platform that hosts over one million sellers worldwide.

Today, that access — also known as net neutrality — is under threat. In the US, FCC Chairman Wheeler recently proposed rules that would undermine the openness that has defined the Internet since its inception. The proposed rules would allow big companies to cut deals with broadband providers for faster access to consumers, putting them in the “Internet fast lane” and relegating the rest of us to the “slow lane.”

Etsy’s continued growth depends on equal access to consumers. Any rule that allows broadband providers to negotiate special deals with some companies would undermine our and our sellers’ ability to compete.

Etsy hosts over 25 million products; yet we are a low-margin business. We made a values-based decision to charge only $0.20 to list an item and 3.5% of every sale, much lower than other e-commerce platforms.

We spend considerable resources ensuring that large, high-resolution photos load quickly and efficiently. We have also considered offering our sellers the ability to create and share videos, which they could use to introduce themselves and the unique process behind their products. But our low margins would not allow us to pay for priority access to ensure our site loaded as quickly as rival sites if the FCC’s proposed rules went into effect.

If a consumer were to click on an Etsy shop and perceive delays in images loading or videos buffering, they would likely click away to another site, and our seller would lose that sale. We can’t predict the future of e-commerce or product innovations, but we want to ensure that Etsy sellers can reach buyers with the same technologies as any other online retailer.

Ultimately, the micro-businesses who sell on Etsy would suffer most if the FCC moves forward with this proposal. Most US Etsy sellers (88%) are women running micro-businesses out of their homes. Taken individually, they may be small, but together they sold over $1.35 billion worth of goods last year. The Internet has democratized access to entrepreneurship for a whole new cohort of Americans, and Chairman Wheeler’s proposal threatens to undermine this progress by creating a pay-to-play environment that gives even greater advantage to entrenched interests.

That’s why we just submitted comments to the FCC calling for a strong anti-discrimination rule. You can read our full comments here. We also signed this letter with other companies protesting the Chairman’s fast lane proposal, and met with the Chairman and his staff to personally express our concerns.

We want to continue to grow, and we think every Etsy seller and new company should have that same opportunity. If the FCC moves forward with these rules, it’s hard to imagine the next Etsy getting enough of a toehold to grow and succeed like we have.

The forces against us are strong and very powerful. The telecom companies that stand to benefit from the FCC’s proposed rules — Verizon, Comcast, AT&T — have armies of lobbyists and spend more money in DC than almost any other industry.

But real people all over the country are pushing back. Some are camping out in front of the FCC, while others are crowdfunding ads in DC bus stops. Already, over 650,000 people have submitted comments to the FCC, many of them inspired by John Oliver’s incisive (and hilarious) piece on net neutrality.

What can you do to help?

  • Submit comments today to the FCC to let them know that you oppose their proposal and urge them to preserve a free and open Internet. Comments are due on July 15.
  • Got five more minutes? Congress needs to hear from you too. Call your representatives and let them know you want the FCC to protect net neutrality.
  • Tell us why Net Neutrality matters to you — and let us know if you’d like to get more involved in the fight to protect an open Internet!

This is your Internet. Help make sure it stays that way.

1 Featured Comment

  • Althea2085

    Althea Erickson from BrooklynAssembly said 7 years ago Featured

    Thanks everyone for your amazing comments and actions so far! We just formed a team for the Etsy community to share ideas and organize to protect an open Internet. I encourage all of you who want to get more engaged over the coming months to join. We've already seen Etsy sellers making Net Neutrality themed treasuries and taking creative action to get the word out. The possibilities are really endless! You can join the team here: Looking forward to continuing the conversation!


  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 7 years ago

    Bravo to Etsy for supporting microbusinesses worldwide, as well as the net neutral policies that make it possible for them to connect to the global community.

  • IronwoodCandles

    Ironwood Candles from IronwoodCandles said 7 years ago

    Woah! Thanks for the information, Althea. We won't back down!!

  • cb80085

    Clara Belle from ClarasHandMade said 7 years ago

    Thank you ETSY for weighing in on this. I support your efforts fully.

  • WildTravels

    Tyson from WildTravels said 7 years ago

    Bravo Etsy! Is there anything I can do being in Canada?

  • beardoil

    Beard Oil from BeardOil said 7 years ago

    For those about to fight... We salute you! And are right by your side!

  • deodorantshop

    Deodorant Shop from deodorantshop said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the valuable info, Althea!

  • jessicalynn841

    Jess Leonard from EverDreamByJess said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 7 years ago

    Thank you Althea, thank you Etsy. This is huge, and it's encouraging to see Etsy being so proactive. Thank you for the advice for how we can get involved as etsians!

  • wickedwalls

    Linda from WickedWalls said 7 years ago

    Etsy please inform all your etsy users with an email, hopefully more will be made aware and give support- Worldwide! A blog and on the forums may not be seen

  • TheHappySole

    sockprints LLC from SockprintsOnEtsy said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this info! So appreciate the heads up so we can speak up and make others aware!!!

  • melissabeth2

    Melissa Beth from CrochetByMel said 7 years ago

    The internet is already not "free" just try posting an item on Facebook for instance to get a look at that. Thanks for letting us know and I agree you should send out an email to every business owner so that they are aware and can get involved. There's strength in numbers and we are many.

  • PrairiePrimitives

    Tana Taylor from PrairiePrimitives said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for taking a stand on this important topic! And thanks, also, for sharing your comments to the FCC with all of us. I agree with the previous post asking you to email ALL Etsy users; it seems likely that all Etsy sellers (and buyers too!) would be affected by the proposed FCC changes, whether or not they live in the U.S.

  • ellemb

    Elle Michelle B. from GearsAndGadgets said 7 years ago

    "The Internet is important to me because, as a recent graduate, I need to know that there will not be barriers between me and my desire to succeed. Starting my own business has been difficult but it has been the greatest opportunity for me and I love what I do. The internet is the necessary platform that I use to market and sell. If ISP subscribers have an easier time loading websites of existing companies than my own there’s no way that I will be able to compete or succeed. To charge higher fees for a faster internet service enables only those who can afford it. For those who cannot, like myself, such fees would reduce sales for my products and hurt my very livelihood. I do not support the FCC's new rules." That's what I wrote

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    Sujata from TreasuredMemoryLane said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the valuable information and supporting the interest of Etsy community.

  • KylieTH

    Kylie from KHDigi said 7 years ago

    @WildTravels - I'm in Australia, and I will be writing to the US Ambassador to Australia to pass on my views etc. Alternativley, I could write to the Australian Ambassador located in Washington. Likewise, I believe that to contact the US Ambassador in Canada may be the best opportunity for you.

  • mysticknotwork

    Matt and Jill Beaudoin from MysticKnotwork said 7 years ago

    very well thought out argument and we should all stand forward to tell our representatives that the internet should remain a place of equality where we all have the equal opportunity to express our views and promote our causes and passions.

  • riskybeads

    Lori from riskybeads said 7 years ago

    Thanks for bringing more attention to this issue. It matters greatly!!

  • playingwithcolors

    Lynn Edwards from playingwithcolors said 7 years ago

    Those of us with blogs could write a post about this threat. We could include links to the FCC and our legislators so that blog readers could express their opposition too. Thanks so much for the heads up on this issue.

  • WhiteCitrus

    Kenzie from WhiteCitrus said 7 years ago

    How come are there under 20 comments so far? Come on Etsians!! Get outraged!! Tweet! Pin! Share the link! Grab your torches and pitchforks!

  • urbanzen1

    Victor Chu from UrbanPrajna said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for the information and keeping us informed. This is outrageous.

  • BearKatWorks

    Eugenia Mendez from BearKatWorks said 7 years ago

    This is good to know. Thank you for the information! Count me in!

  • Aidille

    Aidille from Aidille said 7 years ago

    Just submitted the letter via the link, thank you for being on top of this!

  • MsCutenCurly

    Amanda from CuteNCurlyBowtique said 7 years ago

    Thanks etsy for the info. Kenzie, I wondered the same thing! Not enough attention to this topic.

  • CherryChick

    Cherry Chick from CherryChick said 7 years ago

    I will do my part to perserve a free and open internet by making my opinion known to those who make the decisions!

  • OhFaro

    Faro from OhFaro said 7 years ago

    I appreciate etsy stepping up and going to bat on this issue and I will do my part to write them all. Thank you!

  • LRStudio

    LRStudio from BetweenTheWeeds said 7 years ago

    Glad to see Etsy addressing this problem finally. Etsy you are a little late to the game. I am already active in the fight and have been for a while. We shop owners are the ones who will pay if not already?

  • designsbytaylor2u

    Erica from BrazedBrand said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the info. The John Oliver link in the forums made it super easy to understand (with a side of humor).

  • sarahstevensgarza

    Sarah Garza from BoogieBearInvitation said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for posting this! Let's join together and win one for the little guy!

  • BubbaDude661

    BubbaDude661 said 7 years ago

    I appreciate your desire to stand up for all that is good and holy, but I think you're confused about the issues. If Etsy uses a Content Delivery Network such as Akamai or a loud service such as Amazon AWS, it's paying for a "fast lane" already. If it's not, it doesn't need a "fast lane". The FCC's proposed Internet rules will have no effect on the Etsy business one way or the other. If I were you, I'd seek better advice on policy.

  • efinegifts

    Marc from efinegifts said 7 years ago

    Our family supports your efforts. Thank you.

  • bicyclemonarch66

    Sebastian Araujo from GentlemanlyPursuits said 7 years ago

    EASIER to be HEARD on THE WWW than ON ETSY. How about ETSY taking control if ITSELF Making it Easier to Operate on and LESS nonsense and testing of templates and blah blah blah....

  • barnwood4u

    barnwood4u from barnwood4u said 7 years ago

    Write your congressman!! This has been going on for awhile, welcome to the "fight"

  • MamaLovePerfume

    Sheryl Karas from MamaLoveHealing said 7 years ago

    I submitted my comments! They are especially looking for stories of how these decisions will affect us personally. And THANK YOU, Etsy, for speaking up!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 7 years ago

    Micro businesses and the larger companies that can grow out of them are becoming a powerful and positive force in the still-fragile U.S. economy. It makes no sense to put innovators at such a disadvantage. Thank you, Etsy, for looking out for the small guy — and gal!

  • blissfulthinkin

    Sister Butterfly from MyButterflySister said 7 years ago

    Wow, this is very eye opening. Of course I definitely support Etsy's efforts! Thanks for going to bat for all of us sellers : )

  • lindab142

    Linda B. from lindab142 said 7 years ago

    I submitted comments. Etsy is right to alert us, because without our support and fees, where would Etsy be? I am against the Internet being sold by the FCC.

  • Jewelrybynala

    NaLa from jewelrybyNaLa said 7 years ago

    Filled out the forms and spreading the news on Facebook. We need to fight this!!

  • phoebemax

    phoebemax from phoebemax said 7 years ago

    Please go to: Allow your voice to be heard!

  • 2ndHandMade

    Serena Lee from 2ndHandMade said 7 years ago

    I've already added my voice. Thank you for bringing this issue to the attention of the Etsy community.

  • hodihomedecor

    Julia Home Decor from hodihomedecor said 7 years ago

    With Etsy being a worldwide business - have the email template with all internationally countries listed not just US States and territories. I wanted to write my opinions on the template you provided but can't because I'm a resident of Australia. If numbers count to be heard, let the world be able to back Etsy on this proposition.

  • traveller9851

    Karen Traversy from BRIDGITSBELL said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this. I sent off a letter.

  • CeciliasEmbroidery

    Cecilia Chalmers from CeciliasEmbroidery said 7 years ago

    That is terrible. It is already bad enough competing with the monopoly and greed etc of large companies. It is a violation of rights of consumers as well as sellers. It is in essence Hi-jacking. It is true. Individually we are small. Together we are a force and we cannot allow ourselves to be trampled on. Thank you for the heads up.

  • PhotosbyDeniece

    Deniece Platt from PhotosbyDeniece said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this info, I have also submitted my voice to be heard.

  • MysticJin

    Jin Hutaff from MysticJin said 7 years ago

    Thank-you for looking out for all of us little people and not the big guys. I sent off a letter. Blessings :>)

  • indigocanyonsoaps

    Indigo Canyon Soap Co. from INDIGOCANYONSOAPCO said 7 years ago

    I'm glad to see more and more people waking up to this issue. Thanks for shining a light on it for all to see.

  • torushoops

    Jess Wagstrom from JessHoops said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the heads up, I've submitted my comment! And shared!

  • hellome

    April from hellome said 7 years ago

    I've been taking action on this now for quite some time and am frustrated with how few people know about it. So glad to hear more folks getting involved in getting the word out. Thanks Etsy!

  • lauraprilltoo

    Laura Prill from lauraprilltoo said 7 years ago

    Here's a great quote from the letter that Etsy sent to the FCC that summarizes the issue for us as Etsy shop owners: "Our sellers are already paying these companies for access to the Internet to run their businesses out of their homes. Why should they also pay them to access consumers on the other end? " Please comment to the FCC and spread the word. Read the Etsy letter, you'll learn a lot about your fellow sellers.

  • CassiasGarden

    Kelly Ann Taylor from CassiaAromatics said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much! I had no idea although have felt the effects of the new google Panda update. I will get involved with this and stand with you!!!

  • writinginthesand

    Courtney Noelle from writinginthesand said 7 years ago

    WOW thanks for the info. I added my voice, thanks for bringing this up. I hadn't heard anything about it. I am sure the GVT wants it to stay that way. Spread the word on Facebook, we will fight this!

  • pawntastic

    Bill Reimbold from pawntastic said 7 years ago

    Tom Wheeler is an Obama appointee. Many responsible public servants opposed Wheeler's appointment due to his history as a lobbyist for the industry but that didn't stop Obama. So, you may wish to direct your efforts to the white house on this issue.

  • robertclough

    Robert Clough from SilverFoxAntiques said 7 years ago

    Submitted it today, my wife will be the bull dog bugging congress..she loves biting on and not letting go!

  • Yonks

    Dianne from Yonks said 7 years ago

    You go etsy!!!!!!

  • GenesisGems

    Paul Meyer from GenesisGems said 7 years ago

    Here is my letter to the FCC, Net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data that travels over their networks equally, is important to me because without it equal access to information, products, services are all controlled by the depth of someone's wallet! A pay-­to-play Internet worries me because it gives ISPs the ability to present information to us based on money spent with them; in effect making them censors also. The internet is supposed to be open to all persons, allowing the same freedom and speed for all. Broadcast television and broadcast radio are still equally accessible to all, why should the internet be any different? The internet is too powerful a tool to be controlled by a few large companies. Money should not be the force that decides how fast we receive information. That just leaves the whole system open to corruption and misuse by a powerful few!

  • callunamuse

    Heather from CallunaMuse said 7 years ago

    Here, here! I've shared this where I can and plan on making my voice heard as well.

  • rctees

    toni from RCTees said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for keeping us informed! I will be writing my letter and sharing with friends. Together we've made Etsy what it is today and together we can keep internet trade fair!! Let's go get em!!

  • the3bartz

    Sandy Bartzen from the3bartzdesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for having our backs. You can count on me. I submitted my comments to the FCC just a couple of minutes ago. This was a way for me to be a stay-at-home-mom, be creative in my spare time, and to sell my creations on-line so that I could earn a little extra money to help out with the everyday expenses. Without net neutrality, I would not be able to afford having my very tiny on-line business I would have to close my business and take a huge loss because I would be stuck with all of my stock and inventory/supplies to create my products. It should be an equal opportunity for all to have access to the internet rather than allowing ISP subscribers an easier time of loading websites of existing companies than my new innovative product, there’s no way that I will be able to compete or succeed. Obama was all for supporting new small businesses ... why is the FCC proposing to change the net neutrality which may put most of these small businesses out of business? I oppose the FCC's proposal and urge them to preserve a free and open Internet.

  • injoytreasures

    Orah from injoytreasures said 7 years ago

    My comment to the FCC ::: Open, fair, and affordable internet is very importAnt to me. I am self employed and use Etsy as a platform for my business. I live in a very rural area and jobs are hard to come by but, the internet is allowing me to help support my family. If changes happen to make it harder for me to be online it will make it so much harder to make a difference for my family. The internet service is not all that great out here in rural Maine. I know some folks who still can only get slow speed. I would like to see more resources put towards improving internet access for everyone!

  • curlybutterfly

    Erin from curlybutterfly said 7 years ago

    I went to the FCC site and wrote the letter!

  • pawntastic

    Bill Reimbold from pawntastic said 7 years ago

    Sandy Bartzen- Obama is for big business. He appointed Wheeler who was a big time lobbyist to implement his big business agenda. You must be disappointed in your president and who can blame you? Obama is for supporting whoever pays the most money into his fund raising efforts. Period. It's sad but true. Etsy needs to hire a lobbyist and spend millions to have the ear of Obama. Letter writing and wearing pink ribbons won't work with this guy.

  • ritalaboy

    Rita Laboy from CandyBlady said 7 years ago

    Count me in! We are going to fight this one!

  • mjcreation

    mj from mjcreation said 7 years ago

    Etsy please inform all your etsy users all around the world I found this article I am with etsy for a long time 2008 I am in Canada is there something Canadian can do to help WE love you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • rwgbuttons

    Robert Gilmore from RobertWGilmore said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this notification, Althea. I have submitted a letter to the FCC opposing the commission's proposed net neutrality rules.

  • NightFlowerCreations

    Sherry Lowe from NightFlowerCreations said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the info - commented and sent!

  • marilynmastine

    Marilyn Mastine from MarilynsTrees said 7 years ago

    I'm from Canada I signed John Oliver's petition a few months ago it can't hurt its good to let the FCC know its an international issue and that we are all looking at them.

  • BethCob

    Beth Coburn from UpYonderDesigns said 7 years ago

    I just submitted my comments. So glad to hear that etsy is going to bat for all of us. If this goes through, this could really have a lot of repercussions that hurt so many of us "small" folks. Also, if you've ever heard the term, "Ma Bell". It refers to at&t that was a monopoly for the phone service and was broken up. This would be creating another one...

  • PharmacistDaughter

    Merilyn Konnerth from SkininTreatment said 7 years ago

    This is outrageous news! Where's the support of small businesses our dear Administration? Thank you Etsy for being pro-active in protecting the Etsy Connunity!

  • annmag

    Ann Magnuson from annmag said 7 years ago

    i am going to submit my comments!! this is outragous and a violation to our freedoms Making the big guy bigger and squashing the smaller. What is happening to our country?

  • BisbeeBlueBear

    BisbeeBlueBear from BisbeeBlueBear said 7 years ago

    Here is an authoritative source on the other side of "Net Neutrality" Check it out for yourself, before you follow the well-meaning crowd.

  • Crafterdivaqueen

    Crafterdiva Inc. from Crafterdivaqueen said 7 years ago

    This is an outrage. We need to keep our internet. We are allowed to have our own businesses so we should be able to sell online and blog about it to advertise. I hate the government. they are trying to run our lives and tell us what we can and can't do, what we can and can't wear, what we can and can't say. they need to keep their minds on the business of how to spend money better and leave us alone. Keep me posted. The government sucks. Our freedoms are being taken away in a lot of areas.

  • welldressedcupcakes

    welldressedcupcakes from welldressedcupcakes said 7 years ago

    Thank you etsy Will help in any way I can

  • StoneMe

    Val from StoneMe said 7 years ago

    NO to Comcast monopoly - NO to FCC Wheeler (Appointed by Obama and a big campaign supporter / contributor.

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you!

  • debbieshine

    Debbie Shine from debbieshine said 7 years ago

    Just submitted my filing and shared with my friends and family. Thank you, Etsy, for doing your part to keep us in business.

  • BerlinGlam

    Heidi from BerlinGlam said 7 years ago

    Net neutrality matters also for us Europeans. Thank you for making us aware of these threats.

  • Jus8

    Sandy Hamilton from DewitsDesigns said 7 years ago

    I sent my comments to the FCC. Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and I hope others join in the fight.

  • carolconsolantis

    Carol Consolantis from EnduringEditions said 7 years ago

    I have already sent an email to the FCC and signed numerous petitions. Everyone needs to speak up to make enough noise so that we cannot be ignored!

  • schatziecat

    Vintage Trinkets from VintageTrinkets4u said 7 years ago

    Thanks for having our backs and keeping us informed.. Bravo Etsy !!

  • SenoritaJoya

    Dorottya from SenoritaJoya said 7 years ago

    Tweeted, Pinned, G+ and FB recommended! Net neutrality matters also for us Europeans as well ♥ Thank you Etsy!

  • suzanneartist

    Suzanne Urban from SmirkingGoddess said 7 years ago

    I've been signing petitions on this for awhile and am so grateful that ETSY has joined forces to educate the ETSY community about this un-democratic measure. Thank you ETSY.

  • sabrinawhartonbrown

    Sabrina Wharton-Brown from StudentDesigner said 7 years ago

    How can governments claim to want to grow the economy when they are cutting off a big branch of the money tree? This affects international economy too. I live in the UK and the majority of my blog traffic is from the US. This law can only harm international trade, and goodness knows what prices that will effect! We don't want the big guys to pull the ladder up. Not exactly democratic, is it? More like plutocratic.

  • ladyc319crochetflowe

    Sophie Crawford from LADYPOPPIES said 7 years ago

    Go...Go...Go! Etsy. I'm praying for you. God's will!

  • ladyc319crochetflowe

    Sophie Crawford from LADYPOPPIES said 7 years ago

    Go...Go...Go! Etsy. I'm praying for you. God's Will.

  • ponyhoney

    Debi from MadGirlRetro said 7 years ago

    This is another example of our government officials being bribed and bought by corporate America. We didn't scream loud enough before when they took over Main Street and put all the little stores out of business. They have gobbled everybody up. Now some innovative and entrepreneurial spirits have turned to the Internet. It's the only thing that has allowed us to compete just a little bit. And they're working feverishly to stop that. Speak up now before it's too late and we find ourselves clicking through a couple of hundred pages to get to someone's homemade soap on Etsy.

  • AAwoodturning

    Alan Adler from AATurning said 7 years ago

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I had no idea this was in the works and certainly would have wide impact on everything we sell and buy on the Internet. Small companies and consumers will be the losers.

  • pancama

    pancama limpad from APancamaAesthetic said 7 years ago mainstay! I thought, things like that only happen in developing countries.

  • EmbellishByAndrea

    Andrea from EmbellishByAndrea said 7 years ago

    I have submitted the following letter The Internet is important to me because, my entire business is internet based from my in home studio. I am a small, sole proprietor business and can not afford additional internet fees, on top of my current fees. If ISP subscribers have an easier time loading websites of existing companies than my handmade in the USA products, there’s no way that I will be able to compete or succeed. Please do not shut down the small, independent business owners in our nation by adding more obstacles. I ask you to support small businesses equally.

  • flaherty2

    Debbie Cagle Flaherty from FlahertyNaturals said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy. I like many others did not know this was in the governments FCC pipeline. I understand why it's not headline news, as it favors the large companies who have the money to lobby for it's passing, and then be able to pay for the higher II Tier "service" providing. I've voiced my comments via your form (thank you), and posted a link to my Facebook page. Let us hope that this monopoly is not allowed, as it would severally effect my individual "right to speed" on the Internet, and the Etsy marketplace and the thousands of small business owners who sell their handmade, vintage, and supplies through your website.

  • pinkmouse

    Karyn from PinkMouseKids said 7 years ago


  • TheGoodOleDays

    Lisa Haley from LovinTheGoodOleDays said 7 years ago

    I shared this with all my sites and I called all three of my local representatives. I can't thank you (all of you) enough for all you do for our community. I can almost guarantee the folks who spend their days bad-mouthing Etsy and its employees in the forums would not even take the time to read the comments submitted to the FCC on behalf of this community.

  • tadalyn2006

    Kelie from tadalyndesign said 7 years ago

    Bravo! Thank you for the information!

  • LisandraM

    Lisandra Mathews from StringDearieStudio said 7 years ago

    Thank goodness for Etsy! Thank you for keeping us informed now and it the future.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    Darlene Jones from RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy!

  • OverboardStudio

    Baiba Jensen from OverboardStudio said 7 years ago

    Thanks for providing this information. I am passing this on and have sent a letter.

  • StainedGlassandPens

    Julie and Harvey from StainedGlassandPens said 7 years ago

    I will be looking up my rep addresses soon and let them know how I feel

  • pattysjewelbox1

    Patty Andrea from SapphireIsland said 7 years ago

    Thank you for keeping us informed and up to date on many issues that will affect us . . . big business already takes too much from EVERYBODY and we need to stand up and let our voice be heard! Will be sending letters and passing this on to my friends in other small internet businesses . . . keep up the good work!

  • sillyboodilly

    Victoria Gertenbach from VictoriaGertenbach said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy. I've sent a letter and called my reps. I am fed up with the rights of individuals being stripped away, while the power of corporations keeps growing at frightening speeds.

  • lizsunderland

    Liz Sunderland from ITheeAdorn said 7 years ago

    I couldn't actually submit my comments, as I am from the UK, and the site was aimed purely at the USA. It is a huge pity, as we are also very concerned and want to stand up and be counted too!!!

  • work2gather

    Deborah Martin from work2gather said 7 years ago

    A free and open internet would allow even more predators and abusers access to anyone they can get. I think we need to find a way to prevent things that harm children and adults while we define the business framework. Tax structures need to be defined. Business names. Security. Privacy. and many more issues create a requirement to legislate how the internet will operate now and long into the future.

  • negretesandra

    Sandra Negrete from NocturnalBlue said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for making this issue understandable for everyone. Is there anything we can do, us Etsyans from other countries? Sometimes this sort of policy changes cascades to other countries, is not something to be taken lightly.

  • ThePaintedLadyS

    Sharon Moreno from ThePaintedLadyS said 7 years ago

    This is extremely important to our small businesses. Thank you for bringing it to the attention to every shop owner here. My understanding is Chairman Wheeler is only interested in correspondence from those who bill be personally affected so it is paramount that every small business person take action and contact him prior to the July 15th deadline.

  • fensalirfiber

    Beth from FiberWytch said 7 years ago

    Wow! Thank you, Etsy, for fighting this and for bringing it to our attention.

  • fensalirfiber

    Beth from FiberWytch said 7 years ago

    My letter to the FCC: I'm Beth Lynch and I live in Eugene, OR. Net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data that travels over their networks equally, is important to me because without it I would not be able to run my tiny home business, which I am hoping to grow to support myself and my family. A pay-­to-play Internet worries me because not only micro-entrepreneurs but also the average person will suffer due to the lack of diversity available online. The Internet is important to me because, as a disabled artist and writer, selling my goods and services online presents my very best hope to be able to provide a living income for my household, and I need to know that I won't be fighting an impossible battle against gigantic corporations. I know that many tiny handmade businesses such as my own are in the same position; if internet users find it too difficult to load our websites and see our products, it will be impossible for us to grow or succeed. This will effectively kill online entrepreneurship, which in the long run will have a crushing effect on the economy as well as on the American spirit.

  • DragonLady86

    Nikki Streets from LavenderLunaCauldron said 7 years ago

    Thank you for fighting for this. I've been on Etsy for a few years and haven't be able to make a single sale and I'm try my best. Its frustrating that corporations are trying to squash the small businesses.

  • KatsaraYarns

    Andria Senini from Vavoosh said 7 years ago

    signed and submitted

  • VintageRenude

    Pam from VintageRenude said 7 years ago

    This is an outrage! The idea of paying for a higher level of service is an old ploy to raise prices. Period! It's B.S. and there is no reason for this other than greed. My hope for the future is that soon every city and state will have free internet at the highest available speed. There are several cities that I know of that are working on this idea now. The ISP's are scared , just like the cable companies are. They know that progress means their business model is becoming obsolete and this to me is a way to ensure they maintain a foothold. We need to stop this before it starts.

  • cooljewelrydesign

    Pam Robinson from cooljewelrydesign said 7 years ago

    thanks for the awareness raising ... sent my two cents in. Leave it to the FCC to raise the bar on duplicitous actions, talking from both sides of their proverbial mouths.

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 7 years ago

    important glad to be in the KNOW! thank you!!

  • ninedragons

    Elizabeth England from ninedragons said 7 years ago

    Bravo Etsy! Way to organize. I submitted my comments to the FCC and will be phoning my congressman on Monday. If this statement is correct "Most US Etsy sellers (88%) are women running micro-businesses out of their homes. Taken individually, they may be small, but together they sold over $1.35 billion worth of goods last year." I wonder if you have reached out to various women's organizations for support? Thanks again.

  • byjodi

    byjodi from byjodi said 7 years ago

    So happy to see you taking a stand and raising awareness!! Thank you!

  • Newjewelryboutique

    Elly from Newjewelryboutique said 7 years ago

    Glad to read about this here, we need to be aware of everything working against us and try to do something about it. Thank you.

  • renatakoch

    Renush from LeatherRK said 7 years ago

    Thank you for raising awareness!

  • marmamamma

    Marmen Raquin from FrenchAtticFinds said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing. and thanks for going against this in a big way.

  • raydeb

    Debbie Miller from DustyMillerAntiques said 7 years ago

    Thanks for bringing this legislation information to us in a timely fashion.

  • lefrenchgem

    lefrenchgem from lefrenchgem said 7 years ago

    Thank you for making us aware and for sharing the John Oliver link. Posted my comment to the FCC

  • GottaPaint

    Adrienne Austin from ThoseAustins said 7 years ago

    Thanks for making its know what's going on and what we can do to help! We're on it!!!

  • GottaPaint

    Adrienne Austin from ThoseAustins said 7 years ago

    Ugh, auto correct. Thanks for letting us know...

  • BellaTAZ

    bella TAZ from bellaTAZ said 7 years ago

    Grrrr. I'm mad about this. Net neutrality opens communication and makes space for diverse voices. Please support net neutrality! I didn't realize this proposal was happening now. Thanks for letting us know. Remember when the post office was proposing to charge a fee for every email? Well, lots of diverse voices contacted their Senators and Reps, opposing that plan, and it was squashed. We can do the same here. I'm going to contact my US Senators and Representative, asking them support internet neutrality. Woof, woof, wag, wag

  • BellaTAZ

    bella TAZ from bellaTAZ said 7 years ago

    I just emailed my Colorado Senators, saying: Dear Senator, Please support INTERNET NEUTRALITY! It's good for diverse voices, open communications, and small business. Thanks a million, dear Senator! PS - find your Senator on this website

  • BellaTAZ

    bella TAZ from bellaTAZ said 7 years ago

    Find your US Representative here: Find your US Senator here:

  • jayneholt1

    Jayne Holt from JVZJEWELRYandANTIQUE said 7 years ago

    Thank you etsy. I support your effort to keep the internet open

  • PatMcWhorter

    Pat McWhorter from PatMcWhorter said 7 years ago

    Just submitted my signature, Thanks Etsy for giving us a heads up! Our Teams are making treasuries around this subject!

  • AuraRosesTreasures

    Aura Rose from AuraRosesTreasures said 7 years ago

    thank you Althea!

  • AmericanHandmade

    Jill from AmericanHandmade said 7 years ago

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for bringing this to our attention. Why haven't they been shouting about this on all the news channels? Oh, I forgot, they're all owned by large corps who help each other out & don't give a rats ask about small independent businesses. Lets all show that WE DO MATTER & WE DO HAVE A VOICE. I'm calling my congress person on monday & add my voice, PLEASE Everyone do the same.Send emails & phone. If it's to be, it's up to WE ... Peace and Love ... Jill

  • anordicrose

    virginie lykins from anordicrose said 7 years ago

    This is frightening ! I don't live in the US, but what happens in the US always affects the rest of the world. From Norway

  • crankyhayes

    mary hayes from crankyhayes said 7 years ago

    This is so important on so many levels. We ad a community have got to spread the word and keep up the pressure. Thank you for your initiative!

  • MessyBedStudio

    Lisa Goodman from MessyBedStudio said 7 years ago

    thanks Althea and etsy for bringing this to our attention. just submitted my comments. this is so important to us all on many levels - not just for our businesses! here's hoping our voice is mighty!

  • nanlucy71

    Thornwood Designs from ThornwoodDesigns said 7 years ago

    Please everyone, if you already haven't, submit your letter to support internet neutrality. It is essential for small business owners who rely on the internet to promote their ideas & products. Big corporations want to hoard consumers access in order to profit even more than they already do.

  • TanaAnns

    Tana Stephens from TanaAnns said 7 years ago

    Thank you Althea!

  • MariesCorner

    Diana Radeva from MariesCorner said 7 years ago

    Thank you, Etsy, for fighting this and for bringing it to our attention!

  • jtarampi06

    Julie Tarampi from JulemiJewelry said 7 years ago

    I just submitted my letter and tweeted about this! Thanks for sharing!

  • OpheliaJaine

    Jaine from OpheliaJaine said 7 years ago

    Thank you Althea ... submitted my letter, and will follow through with a phone call in just a few!


    Soheila Guiducci from HANDKNITS2LOVE said 7 years ago

    THANK YOU for spreading this information and steps to take . Submited the letter . "Hand Knits 2 Love " on Etsy!

  • PersonalDesignz

    Marge from PersonalDesignz said 7 years ago

    Thank you for informing me of this danger to our internet.. I have sent off a message to the FCC... and will be joining in the Etsy fight to try and stop this... It is just one more thing that we do not need government interference in... We need to all stand up to these intrusions on our rights and what is in our best interests as independent business people trying to make our way in a society that seems to hell bent on our failure at it... Tweeted and posted on Facebook..

  • lgadfield

    Lani from StylishLight said 7 years ago

    It is amazing the vast amount of content we have access to on the web. If it's regulated somehow, I can't see it being higher costs for websites like Etsy or for the use of phones, computers or televisions. Those costs are already unbelievably high. Etsy is a great source of income for many, many people and it's a fun, sharing environment for the whole world. The faster the web runs (for all of us), the less time we have to sit in front of the computer, which most of us have to do already at work.

  • henny2pence

    Chipper Cheeper from ChipperCheeper said 7 years ago

    Submitted my letter! Thanks for this!

  • FirstLoveLastLove

    FirstLoveLastLove from FirstLoveLastLove said 7 years ago

    Trying to submit my letter. The FCC's site seems to be running awfully slow, hmmm.

  • Althea2085

    Althea Erickson from BrooklynAssembly said 7 years ago Featured

    Thanks everyone for your amazing comments and actions so far! We just formed a team for the Etsy community to share ideas and organize to protect an open Internet. I encourage all of you who want to get more engaged over the coming months to join. We've already seen Etsy sellers making Net Neutrality themed treasuries and taking creative action to get the word out. The possibilities are really endless! You can join the team here: Looking forward to continuing the conversation!

  • hollyoconnor

    Holly OConnor from HollyODesigns said 7 years ago

    Wow! I will be submitting a letter!! How do they expect small businesses to thrive?!

  • TrebirdBuffalo

    Katie McGinnis from TrebirdBuffalo said 7 years ago

    Signed and shared. Thank you Etsy for looking out for us entrepreneurs and giving us the opportunity to fulfill our dreams.

  • lacegrl130

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  • joannethompson26

    Joanne Thompson from LouisaAmeliaJane said 7 years ago

    Whoah! Can Etsy go offshore?

  • a19870829

    qiang zhang from PersonalFashion said 7 years ago

    I was in China, although it can not give you real help, but as ETSY seller, I support you. Come on! ! !

  • Janeeyrebridal

    liu hao from Janeeyrebridal said 7 years ago

    Great platform.But little know about it,I have much more things to learn.

  • girlpower

    Emily from Girlpower said 7 years ago

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention etsy - we need our internet!

  • peacockland

    peacockland from peacockland said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this info! So appreciate........ 

  • whatshername

    Gayle from whatshername said 7 years ago

    I support your stand on this. Sounds like we are losing a part of our freedom and certainly not fair to everyone.

  • matanajewelry

    Matana from MatanaJewelry said 7 years ago

    Wow,I had no idea. Thank you for educating us. I've just submitted the letter to the FCC and hope our voice will make a difference. Thank you for your efforts and info!

  • ColdSnapStudio

    ColdSnapStudio from BabyCarSeatSigns said 7 years ago

    Big business feels threatened by us little guys. That's pretty cool! lol This is ridiculous, though. Very upsetting.

  • Serrelynda

    Sara Crisci from Serrelynda said 7 years ago

    This is so upsetting.. I feel that it will be detrimental to the little guys. I will definitely be getting involved voicing my opinions to the FCC.

  • kristenvandrie

    Kristen V from KaymaBoutique said 7 years ago

    Sent something to the FCC and also wrote to a few news networks. Spread the word! This would effect so much more than our small business, but also the freedom of getting information. Comcast is beyond shady, and they would get to be the internet Gods... Yikes that would be horrible!!

  • almac07

    Amber M. from TinFishStudio said 7 years ago

    Thank you! Cheers from NM, a state with nothing but small, remote businesses.

  • TeaShopGirls

    Rose Paradise from RubItInSkinCare said 7 years ago

    This is crazy plan/ idea that I hope is NOT successful! The FCC will definitely be hearing from me.

  • designfacet

    Sean from designfacet said 7 years ago

    Thank you for supporting entrepreneurs who need the encouragement of their fellow business men and women to exceed in today's market.


    MOONSTARSPIRIT said 7 years ago

    What?? Hey, we all pay for our internet service which should not be controlled by so called government, I am not one who cherishes government, they constantly deceive us all in many ways and it does take a considerable amount of time for an individual to find out what is going on in the background for the media does not tell us the truth of any given subject whether an issue regarding the housing market, gas prices, food prices etc. I've noticed many changes in the above situations and it doesn't look good for consumers at all. We are given promises but these promises are broken time and time again. I do not trust government and never have. We should be able to sell our products on line without any interference from government, the corporate higher ups should mind their own dam business and allow us to conduct ours whether sellers, buyers. We have the right to choose not them. I certainly oppose my internet to be squashed by any greedy higher up, stay away! You roll in enough money, oh greedy one. Small business is what it is a small business of an individual who enjoys what they are doing, making an income for whatever the reason may be to add an income or provide an income. I'm disgusted to find out what is in the background. Internet is not free, we pay for it, to use it, to create a business doing something we enjoy and this choice should be ours whether a business or a buyer. It is a freedom we all deserve have and not be threatened. Who is this Wheeler guy anyway? Well his name sounds fitting, Wheeler? OK, Wheel & Deal away. Leave us alone! We don't make enough money, we are a small business that does not interfere with you. I call it evil greed for sure. Its a well known fact that huge companies such as cable charge high prices and prices keep climbing the ladder and if we want to enjoy watching TV or talk on the phone and if one does not have a choice which internet to choose your stuck with cable. I got rid of cable a long time ago because of costs moving forward, yeah those bundle situations as if they are doing any of us a favor, we pay though don't we and still huge business not satisfied, they want more and more. Oh, please you can keep cable, your not getting another cent from me being one not to sit and watch TV all the time, we have better things to do. I do plan to write many letters to representatives also, voice my opinion for what ever it may be worth. Perhaps banding together on this issue we can make a difference, hopefully. But we won't make the decision in this case because its the higher up who has control in reality. I rather be positive and not negative but will our voices be heard? Will anyone really listen to us, those of us who want to continue with a small business and strive without some bubble head poking their long nose into our affairs. It is not like our small business is raking in millions for heavens sake. Corporate, this word irritates me. Corporate means possessing, belonging to, well I'll define in my own words for the evil greedies. In this case regarding our internet freedom: To have control over another, To squash our creativity, our lives in general, To make situations more difficult than should be, To take away our enjoyment, To keep us behind bars, To confine us like we did something terrible. And lastly: Another freedom to be taken away? Geeze, I'd like to fly away to some wonderful land where its peaceful and get away from these inhuman individuals who want to give us another thing to worry about. We struggle enough with our daily lives as it is. Our pockets have holes in it due to the economy but we move on, as we should. What next? Many of us already are so upset by the constant changes that confine us. I've been on the selling side of things and its difficult to get a business out there and noticed to earn a few dollars. Now our internet is threatened, how wonderful for us. Maybe, just maybe all the letters being written will wake up these wood heads and give us the break we all deserve, its our effort after all, no help from the greedy. Enough said, hope not too boring whoever reads my input but I could not resist to comment and route for all those individuals who are trying to make their business work, enjoy, be proud of what they do and earn the dollars that they seek, its not welfare money given, its money earned by decent individuals who are dedicated business persons who enjoy what they are doing. So spiders weave your web, we are not your bait and that's that!

  • fairynana

    Fairy Nana from FairyNanaLand said 7 years ago

    Just sent my letter off - I pledge to keep fighting and not to complacently sit back expecting others to do this for me. Together we can move mountains...and we will.

  • ladyc319crochetflowe

    Sophie Crawford from LADYPOPPIES said 7 years ago

    Big Yes For Me!........I Will Join Your Team!

  • keithloo

    icemilo from IcemiloClipart said 7 years ago

    I'll definitely join your team, fighting!! Thank you Althea

  • depuis

    Minagraphy from minagraphy said 7 years ago

    We fought TV addiction really hard and we won - the internet is our free space, our escape from the controlled and manipulated media. Dear FCC, don't restrict something that you cant even understand!

  • coldhamcuddlies

    Isobel Morrell from COLDHAMCUDDLIES said 7 years ago

    Tim Berners Lee set up the internet so that EVERYONE could have equal access to the internet - WORLDWIDE, even though he was then in little old UK at the time. What right does the Chairman of the FCC decide, off his own bat to connive with the US big telecoms companies, to try and pull a fast one on the rest of us? I'm agin their idea, and all for the Etsy and others fighting it.

  • meganhedwards

    Meg from OceanBlueCreations said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for bringing yet another attack on talented hard working Americans into the light.The Etsy forum is a gift to many of us.Lets not let corporate America succeed at taking it away.

  • gaiahandicrafts

    Angélica Maripociosa from PeaceAPorter said 7 years ago

    Does this apply to the UK and Eusrope also?

  • lamagagio

    Quor è iacobelli from Quor said 7 years ago

    Thank you for informations and for this campaign

  • dbomay

    Dawn Bomay from VagaBoundPeople said 7 years ago

    I feel like Etsy is my big brother, always looking out for us :D

  • phyllisthompson72

    Phyllis Thompson said 7 years ago

    I have enjoyed getting to know the shop owners, as much as the beautiful items they produce, I have ordered from several owners ,with no problems, Except for one, could you point me in the correct place to make a complaint, love Etsy as a whole. . PHYLLIS THOMPSON

  • luv2writepoetry1

    Luvicia Maxey from APoetWithALeftHook said 7 years ago

    Most of us don't know about this because were busy making things for our shop!!! Thank you for the info!!

  • lawsofknitting

    Joan Laws from LawsOfKnitting said 7 years ago

    How low can we go? I am surprised everyday at the human race. No one ever tries to lift someone else up; they are always trying to push the other guy down. This has got to stop. Didn't the big companies start out at the bottom? Oh wait... they started out making a zillion dollars. Now I get it. SO sad.

  • ME2Designs

    Meg from ME2Designs said 7 years ago

    The Guardian is reporting that "On 10 September, tech firms including Etsy...will install a widget on their sites to show how they believe the internet would look if the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) overturns “net neutrality” rules." Source: When will you be notifying your Etsy members (or at the very least the Forum Admins) that you will be slowing the site next Wednesday?

  • cindylodge

    Cindy Lodge from DecoArtworkJewelry said 7 years ago


  • Althea2085

    Althea Erickson from BrooklynAssembly said 7 years ago

    Hey Meg We're not planning to actually slow down the site. Instead, we'll make it easy for folks to contact their representatives on the 10th, and ask you to join us in sharing all these amazing crafted comments from the Etsy community: If you want to get in on the action, please join us in the Protecting the Open Internet team: Also, check out this op-ed from our CEO, calling on the business community to join us on September 10th: Thanks! Althea

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings said 7 years ago

    Hoping all of our efforts work their magic!

  • liebella1645

    Mitts from BYGONERA said 7 years ago

    The internet should remain without censorship. ANY form of censorship is reprehensible, 99.9% users are law abiding and caring individuals who value the freedom of express that this world wide web affords people of all genres, so to impose their so called "politically correct" versions of what the users of the internet should be doing which in their opinion is being proposed to be imposed is working towards a form of Dictatorship! If I wanted to be in a dictatorship I would find myself one, but the internet is not a place for this thought process. CENSORSHIP IN ANY FORM IS A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE!

  • ArtistaToscana

    Monica Bedini from ArtistaToscana said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy! I'm here too.

  • BereniceDesigns

    BereniceDesigns from BereniceDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for stepping up!

  • carpediemlab

    Carpe Diem from CarpeDiemTextileLab said 7 years ago

    thank you

  • natasapetrova

    Natasa Petrova Dias from NatasaPetrovaDias said 7 years ago

    Thank you Etsy of creating this amazing space for us all and thank you for fighting for it!

  • EmbroideryByEmilyLLC

    Emily Johnson from EmbroideryByEmilyLLC said 7 years ago

    Submitted and shared via FB. I saw something about a widget, I'd like to add this to my pages-where is that link again??

  • teatimeandroses

    Beverly J from teatimeandroses said 7 years ago

    I am with you for sure!

  • PattiLynns

    Patti Lynn from PattiLynns said 7 years ago


  • PattiLynns

    Patti Lynn from PattiLynns said 7 years ago

    I feel like everyone else.The goverment just has to stick there noise into peoples businees .For some of this is the only way to make some extra money doing

  • AmericanHandmade

    Jill from AmericanHandmade said 6 years ago

    Thanks to Everyone for Fighting so hard for this Very Important Issue. Remember also that Prayer is another Strong Tool in any battle. I Believe in Miracles because I've seen so many of them. We Can Win This ... Peace and Love ... Jill

  • tinworks

    Larry West from Tinworks said 6 years ago

    If you love government-run health care, you will probably be thrilled with 5 un-elected commissioners deciding the fate of the Internet - including your business!

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