Following Thursday's vote at the Federal Communications Commission on net neutrality, President Obama and the White House are thanking the coalition of open-Internet advocates and others who flooded the FCC with comments on the proposal supporting the agency's rules.
Obama specifically sent a note to the reddit community, which organized an outpouring of support for net neutrality rules after a user named TheArmedGamer posted a call for comments on the site. The company also asked redditors to participate in a call-a-thon with activist groups to petition Congress and the FCC to support strong net neutrality regulations. Alexis Ohanian, reddit's co-founder and executive chairman, personally manned the phones for three hours.
In a company blog post, Ohanian also thanked the reddit community. "A year ago, they said it'd be futile. Today, we defeated opponents of net neutrality who have spent tens of millions of dollars every year lobbying government," the post said. "We defeated them by spending our time. Thank you."
Ohanian also shared the following e-mail from the president -- a thank-you note that attempts to capture some of reddit's quirkier nature:
Earlier today, the FCC voted to protect a free and open internet — the kind of internet that allows entrepreneurs to thrive and debates over duck-sized horses and horse-sized ducks to persist.
This would not have happened without the activism and engagement of millions of Americans like you. And that was a direct result of communities like reddit.
So to all the redditors who participated in this movement, I have a simple message: Thank you.