Net Neutrality Comment Tsunami Builds

Jay Anderson
May 20, 2017

By Friday morning, the docket showed 2,174,196 comments, though some unknown number of those were duplicates (a thousand or so, for example, were the identical pro-Title II comment from a "Yoni Schwartz", who made it into the "top 10 filing names"). And Thursday, the FCC voted to begin rolling back net neutrality.

Pai is trying to correct recent changes that were compelled by the liberal need to control the Internet and that were not based in law. They aren't allowed to, for instance, slow access on certain websites or apps over paid prioritization.

Cinnamon Rogers of the Telecommunications Industry Association however called the vote "a step in the right direction for restoring sensible rules to govern the internet", and said it would "allow industry to further invest in the network and meet the growing demand from consumers for new high-tech products and services".

The FCC's only Democrat, Mignon Clyburn, voted against the proposal.

Making it worse, the ambiguity of the rules mean that providers end up going to the FCC for permission each time their service changes.

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The 2015 rule, Gattuso said, also banned practices that "unreasonably" limit consumer choice, or the ability of content providers such as Google or Netflix to make their offerings available to consumers. Pai wants public input on whether the FCC has the authority or should keep its "bright line" rules barring internet companies from blocking, throttling or giving "fast lanes" to some websites.

The public is invited to comment on the proposal.

Meanwhile, one member of the FCC (who favors net neutrality) wrote Thursday that new FCC members are suggesting the same old trickle down economic theory that if we just "remove enough rules that internet providers will automatically improve service and give us more savings".

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., opposed the rule change.

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