60 Day Countdown - Proposed Net Neutrality Rules Open to Public Comment
Figuring out this net neutrality thing.
In case you’re curious, but ultimately confused and frustrated like I was for weeks, seeing headlines like “The End of Net Neutrality,” “Save the Internet,” and “Why Should You Care About Net Neutrality?” frequently peppering news feeds lately, we just reached an important milestone yesterday. The new rules proposed by the FCC have been opened up to public comment. We’ve been given 60 days to comment, then another 60 days to address those comments.
No matter what Wheeler, chairman of the FFC, says about his commitment to net neutrality, the fact is, he’s opened the door to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) charging consumers and content makers on a tiered system. He’s a former Comcast lobbyist who uses polished sound bytes to distract from what he’s actually putting in motion. The outcome of this process, projected to come to a legal resolution either way by the end of the year, will affect all of us.
So, I’ll be making my voice heard among the multitude during this historic time (link to FFC comment board below).
I believe in the foundational necessity of a free and open internet. It’s one of the tent poles holding up my faith in humanity and no matter what related points I hear on the subject, I just can’t put a price on that. Consumption and exchange of data should remain an equal playing field - for everyone.
We have an opportunity to show the America we were taught to love still exists.
We’re realizing vigilance and participation are vital requirements of freedom. Without educated participating citizens, our democracy will succumb to the plutocracy and elite-driven policymaking we’ve experienced far too long. We all have the chance to say we did our part to protect equal opportunity and innovation against greed and direct/indirect discrimination.
The idea of impacting the long-standing machinery of corporate interest in government can seem daunting and lead to the apathetic illusion of turning away from political participation altogether. But, as mentioned above, this will affect all of us and we all bear equal responsibility for how this turns out, whether we accept that responsibility or not - whether we feel we have time for it or not. History shows again and again that the voice of the people has power when exercised collectively.
History needs us. Regardless of opinion, make your values known.
This PC World article includes links to FFC comment boards & contact info. It also provides a pretty clear cut catch-up on where we are in the process.