We need people writing to the FCC, shouting at your pols, and working to elect labor and justice to be rid of pols that work for corporate profit. Remember, all Obama and his FCC chair had to do it declare the internet a utility as Obama promised in his campaigning in 2008 and the internet will be equal access as is electricity and water.
'The agency can preserve Net Neutrality only by designating broadband as a telecommunications service under the law. Anything else is an attack on our rights to connect and communicate'.
FCC Chairman Calls For Stronger Broadband Competition, Especially For High-Speed Connections
Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality
There Are Only Two Weeks Left To Comment On Net Neutrality
Net Neutrality FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period
Posted Aug 15, 2014 by Cat Zakrzewski (@Cat_Zakrzewski)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday it would extend the net neutrality reply comment period from September 10 to September 15.
The commission has already received more than 1.1 million comments, which it released to the public last week. That is the largest number of comments the FCC has ever received, with the exception of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004, which garnered 1.4 million comments. With three extra days, net neutrality commenters will likely beat that.
The deadline for the reply comment period was pushed back to match the extension of the initial comment period, which occurred in July after the FCC experienced issues with its website. Because the first comment period was extended three additional business days and the reply period then started later, the FCC extended the period for reply comments.
“To ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings, the Bureau today is extending the reply comment deadline by three business days,” the FCC said in a release.
So keep your comments coming!
Obama and neo-liberals in Congress have the power to stop this. The appointment to the FCC made by Obama was known to want to end net neutrality......so, if Obama is telling you he is against it tell him----YOU ARE LYING.
Democrats have the power on the FCC to call this a utility----neo-liberals want to end neutrality.
New York Times backs net neutrality: Reclassify the Internet as a public utility
Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:47 EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators’ new “net neutrality” rules should classify Internet providers more like public utilities to prevent them from potentially slowing users’ access to some Web content, the New York Times said in an editorial in Thursday’s newspaper.
The statement comes as the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to set the new rules, which would regulate how Internet service providers, or ISPs, manage traffic on their networks. In January, a federal court struck down the agency’s previous version of those rules.
The FCC is now collecting public comment on the rules it tentatively proposed in May, which the New York Times called troubling.
While prohibiting ISPs from blocking any content, the proposal suggested allowing some “commercially reasonable” deals where content companies, such as Netflix Inc or Amazon.com Inc, could pay ISPs, such as Comcast Corp or Verizon Communications Inc, to ensure smooth and fast delivery of their Web traffic.
Although FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has insisted the agency would carefully guard against abuse of the rules, the proposal drew ire from public interest groups and large Web companies. They say it would result in faster download speeds for some content as other data would be relegated to “slow lanes.”
Consumer advocates have called on the FCC to instead reclassify ISPs as telecommunications services rather than as the less-regulated information services they are now, saying the move would give more power to the FCC to stop potential violators of net neutrality.
The New York Times editorial said: “Small and young businesses will not be able to compete against established companies if they have to pay fees to telephone and cable companies to get content to users in a timely manner.”
A better option, the paper said, would be for the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service, which would allow the regulators to prohibit ISPs from “engaging in unjust or unreasonable discrimination against content.”
Experts have disagreed on whether or how reclassification would adequately prevent pay-for-priority deals.
ISPs and Republicans, both in Congress and at the FCC, strongly oppose reclassification, saying a heavier regulatory burden may hurt investment in broadband networks.
The ISPs also say they support an open Internet and having some content in “slow lanes” would upset their customers and so is not in their interest.
Wheeler has not proposed reclassification as the solution, but has not taken it off the table as a potential route.
AMY GOODMAN: That’s FCC chair, today, Tom Wheeler, who actually was head of the NCTA, the largest lobbying arm of the cable industry, earlier. So he and Michael Powell, who was formerly FCC chair, have just traded places. Joshua Steimle, your response to both?
JOSHUA STEIMLE: Well, that’s exactly the problem that I see here. We’ve got lobbyists who are now running the FCC. We have a former FCC chairman who’s now a lobbyist. And we’re asking this organization to police the telecom industry. How can we trust any regulation that comes out of this organization to be impartial or to be beneficial for consumers rather than the industry?
What Is Net Neutrality?: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Published 11:50 am EDT, May 16, 2014 Updated 2:07 pm EDT, May 22, 2014
By Tucker Cummings
As you can see from the image of protestors above, net neutrality has become a hot button issue in America. Despite its increasing prominence in political conversations, many people are still confused by what, exactly, is meant by “net neutrality.” Here’s a simple guide that explains what net neutrality is, and why it is so important.
1. Net Neutrality Means Equal Internet Access For All
The American Civil Liberties Union defines net neutrality as follows:
“Applying well-established ‘common carrier’ rules to the Internet in order to preserve its freedom and openness. Common carriage prohibits the owner of a network, that holds itself out to all-comers, from discriminating against information by halting, slowing, or otherwise tampering with the transfer of any data (except for legitimate network management purposes such as easing congestion or blocking spam).”
In other words, net neutrality is the belief that ISPs and government bodies should treat all the information and data available on the Internet the same way. The opposite of net neutrality would be a “closed Internet,” where some users might not have access to certain types of data, or might experience more difficulties in accessing that data.
The ACLU has a list of notable abuses of net neutrality, which includes some of the following examples:
TIME reports that the FCC wants to create an “Internet fast lane.” This so-called fast lane would be a means of paying for priority access to the Internet. TIME explains:
“Advocates of the open Internet…say such prioritized service — also called a “fast lane” — is antithetical to net neutrality, or the idea that Internet providers should treat all content as equal in terms of speed. While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said the proposal wouldn’t allow for a fast lane and a slow lane on the Internet, net neutrality advocates say that’s an illogical loophole in net neutrality — if there’s a fast lane, then it holds there must be a ‘slow lane’ as well.”
Members of the public have until July 15 to comment on the FCC’s preliminary rules for the “fast lane.” You can find the FCC’s contact information here.
3. Some People Want to Re-Classify the Internet as a Utility
Some pro-Net Neutrality supporters believe that the Internet should not be considered a communications medium, but be reclassified as a public utility.
The Wall Street Journal notes:
“The surest way to ban the [anti-net neutrality] deals would be for the FCC to reclassify broadband pipes as a public utility, which would subject them to much greater regulation. Net-neutrality advocates, in fact, argue that it is the only way to keep the broadband pipe truly neutral. [Officials have] been reluctant to reclassify broadband because of fierce opposition from the broadband providers and Republicans.”
4. The Open Internet Has Many Public Benefits
Net neutrality advocates argue that an open internet is beneficial to the public good. The Open Internet website notes some of the benefits can include increased innovation, increased entrepreneurship, the ease of spreading new ideas, protection for freedom of speech, and a guarantee against unfair pricing practices.
5. Not All Republicans Are Against Net Neutrality
There is a public misconception that most Republicans are against net neutrality. In fact, many notable Republicans have spoken out against the FCC’s plans to open a “fast lane.” Republican Ajit Pai, an FCC commissioner, told PCWorld:
“Nobody thinks of plain, old telephone service or utilities as cutting edge, but everyone recognizes that the Internet has boundless potential, and that’s because governments didn’t set the bounds early on…To date, no one outside this building has asked me to support this proposal [for a fast lane].””
Not one of Maryland's pols are protecting net neutrality-----no discussions at the community level----state level-----and this is a ground-breaking policy that will exclude most people from most of the internet. Public libraries will not be able to afford the service level we have today----schools that are being made 'SMART' with computers will be soaked of education money just to stay connected.
Obama tells the Black Caucus that he is against ending net neutrality while appointing a lobbyist from the industry. Everyone will be hurt by this but people of color----the working class----will be down and out.
We can reverse this by simply running and voting for labor and justice in all primaries----STOP VOTING FOR THESE SAME CORPORATE POLS.
Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman and Anna Eshoo, both of California, filed the bill in the House, while Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The House bill currently has seven additional cosponsors, all Democrats: Reps. Michael Capuano (Mass.), Suzan DelBene (Wash.), Mike Doyle (Penn.), Zoe Lofgren (Calif.), Doris Matsui (Ariz.), Frank Pallone (N.J.), and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.). Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Ind.), Al Franken (Minn.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Tom Udall (N.M.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.) have all signed on to Markey's bill in the Senate.
Obama nominates Wheeler as new FCC chairman
Grant Gross @GrantGross
- May 1, 2013 12:42 PM
Tom Wheeler Wheeler’s nomination, announced Wednesday, ends weeks of speculation that he was the top choice to replace outgoing Chairman Julius Genachowski. Wheeler, a managing director at Washington, D.C., venture capital firm Core Capital Partners, served as president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) from 1979 to 1984 and as CEO of mobile carrier trade group CTIA from 1992 to 2004.
Wheeler has also served as CEO of some tech startups and he co-founded SmartBrief, an online targeted news service. In 2009, he led the Obama transition team focused on science, technology, space and arts agencies.
Obama on Wednesday also appointed current FCC member Mignon Clyburn to serve as acting chairwoman after Genachowski leaves his post.
Wheeler’s nomination and Clyburn’s appointment won praise from several groups in the tech and telecom sectors.
Wheeler “has the proven ability to transcend a broad range of industry perspectives to reach balanced outcomes,” Grant Seiffert, president of the Telecommunications Industry Association, said in a statement. “Given that one of the most important challenges facing the FCC will be assuring a successful television spectrum incentive auction, Wheeler’s breadth of experience makes him especially well-suited to lead the FCC at this time.”
Wheeler is a “smart choice” for chairman, said Representative Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat. “His more than three decades of industry experience and expert policy know-how will be invaluable as we work to advance a 21st century telecommunications landscape guided by the core principles of competition, consumer protection and diversity,” she said in a statement.
Still, some raised questions about Wheeler’s ties to the telecom industry.
The FCC needs a leader “who will use this powerful position to stand up to industry giants and protect the public interest,” Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron said in a statement. “On paper, Tom Wheeler does not appear to be that person, having headed not one but two major trade associations. But he now has the opportunity to prove his critics wrong, clean up the mess left by his predecessor, and be the public servant we so badly need at the FCC.”
The FCC will have several issues to address, including net neutrality, broadband competition and transparency in election advertising, Aaron said. “He will face challenges from powerful companies to the most basic consumer protections and help determine whether the free and open Internet stays that way,” he added.