Posted on January 12, 2016
#WeAreEFF: CREDO is proud to fund the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Almost a year ago, in February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finalized historic Net Neutrality rules designed to stop Internet Service Providers and telecommunications companies from discriminating against content on the Internet. CREDO activists and customers played a huge role in that fight for over a decade, pouring in hundreds of thousands of public comments and petition signatures, more than 15,000 phone calls, and nearly $1 million in donations to groups fighting for Net Neutrality.
But now, news has emerged that T-Mobile may be violating the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules by throttling video content through its new “Binge On” feature.
Our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) quickly documented and explained the violation in a helpful blog post – and started calling T-Mobile out for its potential Net Neutrality violation on Twitter by taking advantage of an #AskJohn Twitter chat in which T-Mobile CEO John Legere responds to questions from the public.
In a video response, Legere went on the attack, demanding to know who EFF is, why it is stirring up trouble, and who it is funded by. The Electronic Frontier Foundation then quickly fired off a Tweet with the #WeAreEFF hashtag urging its followers to Tweet at @JohnLegere and tell him who EFF is:
— EFF (@EFF) January 7, 2016
In addition to who EFF is, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere also asked who funds the organization. As Time Magazine correctly noted, EFF’s funders include CREDO Mobile:
According to paperwork that the EFF filed last year, the nonprofit raised $2.6 million in membership dues and raised $10.4 million from other donors listed on its site, including the Open Society Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and corporate-skeptic carrier Credo Mobile. Hardly a nefarious bunch. Wags on Twitter pointed to the cult TV show The IT Crowd as proof of the EFF’s longstanding geek cred.
CREDO is proud to have donated $289,701 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation since 2007.
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