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  1. Making Major Progress on Net Neutrality

    If you’ve been following the debate over Net Neutrality, which we’ve been talking about in this space and others since last summer, you know that a remarkable, inspiring, and kinda crazy thing happened: We won!

    Well, almost. Earlier this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to put forward strong Net Neutrality rules, including the crucial Title II reclassification that we’ve been pushing for all along. We’re so glad that our government is doing what it’s supposed to do: listening to us, and to you, and to the millions of people who filed comments. We’ve made clear that the Internet needs to be open and free — a place where people can say and see what they want, a place that isn’t divided into fast and slow lanes. Even President Obama agreed

    And so the FCC listened. But, as you might imagine, the cable companies aren’t happy. And they’re still trying to get the FCC to change the plan before the vote on February 26. It’s important that we all rally behind the Chairman’s proposal until the final t’s are crossed and i’s dotted. The devil is in the details, after all, and the FCC needs to include some important technical specifics in its final proposal.

    Title II reclassification is essential because it gives the FCC authority to adopt good rules, but it isn’t enough. The rules themselves have to be really good. Without bright-line rules against discrimination and also against zero-rating, the big, incumbent companies will still have an unfair advantage.

    In these last few days, let’s make sure that the FCC guarantees real Net Neutrality — without any loopholes. You can speak out on your own social networks, by filing a comment directly with the FCC, using Tumblr’s tool to call your representative or joining Demand Progress’ Battle for the Net. See, you’re free to use whatever website you like! Let’s make sure it stays that way.

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  2. Kickstarter Films at the Oscars

    You may have heard that some award show called The Academy Awards is happening this Sunday. This is, needless to say, always a big thing for film, but it's also a big thing for us. Every year since 2011, at least one Kickstarter-funded film has been nominated for an Oscar, and this year is no different. Congrats to Finding Vivian Maier for its nomination for best documentary feature! 

    To get prepped for the event, we gathered all of the previous nominees in one place along with the trailers for those films. You can head over to our Watch Now page and get them all in before Sunday night if you start now.

    Finding Vivian Maier (nominated for best documentary feature 2015)

    The Square (nominated for best documentary feature 2014)

    Inocente (winner, best documentary short 2013)

    Kings Point (nominated for best documentary short 2013)

    Buzkashi Boys (nominated for best live-action short 2013)

    Incident in New Baghdad (nominated for best documentary short 2012)

    The Barber of Birmingham (nominated for best documentary short 2012)

    Sun Come Up (nominated for best documentary short 2011)

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