Letter to My Representatives and the FCC on Net Neutrality

Ryan Boren

For years, I was lead developer of WordPress, the software that runs almost 30% of the web. From two servers, four people, and some of our own cash, we bootstrapped and built Automattic, a 600 person company that releases open source software, for free, to the world. I have worked with folks from all over the planet to bring communicative, collaborative tech to all.

We global collaborators understand that killing net neutrality is bad for society. It harms tech innovation and compromises civil rights. The policies proposed by Commissioner Pai encourage fake news and misinformation. They favor fake competition and lock out upstarts and consumer-friendly companies like ours. They exclude and diminish activist voices at a time they are desperately needed. They roll back not just the 2015 strengthening of net neutrality, but also the basic bans on blocking and throttling that have been in effect since 2005. The three…

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