On August 20th, Public Knowledge and the Harry Potter Alliance began an initiative to recruit YouTube video creators to voice their support for net neutrality through the site www.VideoCreatorsforNetNeutrality.org. YouTube video creators are coming together to express one important view: without net neutrality, they would not exist. This is one of the first times that the online video creator community has come together around a policy issue that impacts them directly.
Currently, over 11,000 unique creators have signed on to the website, representing over 6,000 unique videos and almost 7 billion views.
In addition to joining the website, video creators are being asked to make videos supporting net neutrality that can be shown on a giant billboard outside the FCC. Video broadcasts will begin on September 16th at 7am and continue for 36 hours.
The campaign brings together many of YouTube’s most important creators including video bloggers (Vlogbrothers, Hannah Hart, WheezyWaiter), educational creators (MinutePhysics, Crash Course, SciShow, the Brain Scoop, Veritasium), and entertainers (EpicLLoyd, Improv Everywhere, Annoying Orange, Team StarKid).
John Green (of Vlogbrothers, Crash Course and best-selling young adult author of “The Fault in Our Stars”) notes, “Net neutrality allows independent content creators to reach audiences directly. Without it there would be no YouTube or reddit or tumblr and there would also be no vlogbrothers or crash course.”
Ultimately, this campaign will demonstrate to the FCC – both in video and in writing – that an entire community of creators depends on an open and equal internet.
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