The net neutrality repeal goes into effect today, however the fight is not over. Using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), elected officials in Congress can overrule the FCC repeal. As net neutrality principles show strong support among Republicans, Democrats and Independents, there is a reasonable chance this can still happen. And because midterm elections are just around the corner, it’s a perfect time for voters to express their opinion and influence lawmakers to sign the discharge petition in support of the CRA.
If you believe in net neutrality, please channel your energy into calls and emails to Congress, which you can do here: https://www.battleforthenet.com/
Ever wanted to see what is under the hood of µTorrent? Ever wanted to be the first in line to make your voice heard to help make our products better? Today we are introducing a Beta Tester Program, and you are invited.
The program allows our users to test new features, provide feedback on new ideas, and see products that haven’t been released to the public yet. If you are interested in learning more or want to participate, please click here to get started.
µTorrent has always been a staunch supporter of net neutrality. If you are not familiar with the principle, it’s an idea that internet service providers should not discriminate based on user, content, website, application, IP address, device, protocol, and so on. As an example, ISPs shouldn’t be able to intentionally block a Web site. Or, they shouldn’t be able to restrict access to a software application.
Keeping the internet free and open ensures ISPs cannot dictate which products or services you consume. It ensures corporate entities cannot censor the internet. Think about all the organizations that create innovative products and services to garner your attention. If ISPs have the ability to control the ecosystem, it could kill innovation and unfairly limit the mix of products, services and information available to us.
In April of 2017, the FCC announced plans to roll back net neutrality. This was followed through upon with the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was approved by the FCC in December of 2017. It comes into effect on June 11, 2018. Starting that day, net neutrality ends.
In anticipation of the rollback going into effect, µTorrent and others supported efforts to raise awareness and urged millions to raise their voice and contact their Congress members. Today, the Senate heard those voices and voted to block the FCC’s repeal. It’s a short-term win, but now the House of Representatives needs to weigh in and do the same.
We will continue our efforts, and we encourage all who believe in net neutrality to contact your House members now to make your voice heard. You can make a difference!
As reported in this forum previously, we’ve been busy experimenting with new ways to improve μTorrent for our users while financially supporting the amazing team that works every day to make μTorrent free for millions of people around the world.
For our latest development, we’re happy to introduce Ad-Free μTorrent for $4.95 USD annual subscription. This gives users the option of avoiding any and all ads in the client. It’s exciting to us because it gives users the ability to avoid advertising at 25% of the cost that it used to be – about 5 dollars a year instead of 20 dollars.
Many of you have been part of tests related to this and we thank you for your participation and feedback.
So how do you get the Ad-Free? Simple: Go here and click on “Upgrade to Ad-Free.”
You’ll have the option to pay $4.95 via various methods such as credit card or Paypal. Once you’ve completed that, you will receive a confirmation of payment via email, and then you can then install Ad-Free two ways:
Click on “Bundle Installer” link to get an executable file, which will take you through the install path.
Click on the “Personal License Key” link and download a file that you can drag into your existing client for an automatic update
And that’s it!
Well, that’s not *entirely* it. The updates and improvements to μTorrent software are ongoing. You can always track release notes here. In addition, our quest for new models and offerings is perpetual. Watch this space for news on that front.
And as always, thank you for your support and feedback. Questions and new ideas are always welcome over in our forums.