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April 23rd, 2010
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Have an opinion on Net Neutrality? Tell it to the FCC
The FCC has extended the period of public comment on its Proposed Rule 47 CFR Part 8 Preserving the Open Internet, Broadband Industry Practices (GN Docket No. 09–191; WC Docket No. 07–52; FCC 09–93) to April 26, 2010.

This is the rule commonly known as Net Neutrality, in which the FCC proposes to "require a broadband Internet access service provider to treat lawful content, applications, and services in a nondiscriminatory manner; and [...] require a broadband Internet access service provider to disclose such information concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably required for users and content, application, and service providers to enjoy the protections specified in this rulemaking. "

In other words, the FCC is hoping to prevent internet service providers from charging content providers fees (or applying some other discriminatory rule) in order for internet/web content to be made available to consumers of the internet service. This is in reaction to proposals by major internet providers such as comcast to charge fees for full speed content provision -- content providers that do not pay these fees would have their content delivered to consumers more slowly, putting them at a competitive disadvantage and potentially damaging the internet experience for everyone as new or non-corporate web content gets delivered more slowly (or not at all) to subscribers.

If you would like to comment on this proposal, go to the FCC's electronic comment filing system, click on "Submit a Filing (Express)", and then click on Proceeding number 09-191. NOTE: The filing you make will be a public filing. Any information that you submit will be available to the general public.

You might also consider letting your congressional representatives know if you support giving the FCC explicit authority to regulate both wired and wireless broadband service providers.

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From:pure_doxyk
Date:April 23rd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Done, and awesome, and thank you!
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From:marsgov
Date:April 23rd, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I've made my comment. Thanks!
From:narbat
Date:April 25th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I'm undecided on this issue. On the one hand, I agree whole-heartedly with the premise. On the other hand, I have very little faith that any law could get passed which wouldn't make the situation even worse. I can't help but think that any such law would be written such that it ostensibly protects the consumer while in reality giving the ISPs free reign.
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From:dolohov
Date:April 25th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Hi! Stumbled out here while surfing, and couldn't resist the subject. If it helps any, I attended a panel on Net Neutrality earlier this year and got a chance to listen and talk to the FCC folks who came out to talk. These guys really are committed to keeping things fair, and they understand what the folks at home want. The regulations they've proposed make a great deal of sense, and they've spent a lot of time making sure that it will do the trick.

If that doesn't convince, remember that companies like Google and Netflix are heavily invested in Net Neutrality -- they stand to lose just as much as we do if ISPs get 'free reign' to slow down traffic from sources they don't like. It's not just a matter of slowing down undesirable traffic, after all, but being able to pick which services get to customers faster, and ultimately about being able to blackmail providers into paying ISPs not to slow down their traffic.

Anyway, to whatever extent two cents from someone you've never heard of helps, I hope that does :)
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