People are using the Internet more and more these days, watching and downloading videos online, listening to free music, and calling others for free with services like Skype. So when Time Warner announced that it would be capping online usage and charging more for people who used more bandwidth, people did not just sit around and politely oblige.
In a matter of days, thousands of letters of opposition were pouring into Congress and callers were flooding Time Warner’s line with complaints. In an incredible display of online organizing, a few campaigns including Free Press, Stop TWC!, and StoptheCap were able to get major news coverage and tons of support. Not long after, Time Warner caved.
This represents a huge victory for the net neutrality movement. The struggle is continuing, but this success is testimony to the fact that it is possible to thwart corporate greed and protect the Internet.