Verizon Is Killing Tumblr'S Fight For Net Neutrality [telecom]

One of the open internet's fiercest defenders has a new boss
by Kaitlyn Tiffany
In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neu-
trality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy,
Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net's day of
action. Tumblr CEO David Karp was also part of a group of New York
tech CEOs that met with then-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in Brooklyn
that summer, while the FCC was fielding public comment on new
Title II rules. President Obama invited Karp to the White House to
discuss various issues around public education, and in February 2015
The Wall Street Journal reported that it was the influence of Karp
and a small group of liberal tech CEOs that swayed Obama toward a
philosophy of internet as public utility.
But three years later, as the battle for net neutrality heats up once
again, Tumblr has been uncharacteristically silent. The last mention
of net neutrality on Tumblr's staff blog - which frequently posts
about political issues from civil rights to climate change to gun
control to student loan debt - was in June 2016. And Tumblr is not
listed as a participating tech company for Battle for the Net's next
day of action, coming up in three weeks.
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