Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality (by LastWeekTonight)
A brilliant overview and critique of Net Neutrality (“the only two words more boring in the English language are ‘featuring Sting’”). Especially if you’re American, please do me a personal favor and just watch. Then go here (and keep trying - don’t let the site crashing keep you from having your say).
The Verge has an article on how to file a comment. http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/15/5720730/how-to-comment-on-fcc-net-neutrality-proposal
The proceeding number for the Net ‘Neutrality’ proposal is 14-28.
Long comments here. (http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=aatpo)
Short comments here. (http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=cc74d)
Email the FCC at email@example.com, an email address they have set up with the anticipation of getting a huge buttload of feedback on this particular issue.
So far, the FCC has received more communications in response to this proposal than they have to any issue except Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction.’ I think we can do better than that.
The deadline was going to be today. However, the FCC has gotten so much traffic that their servers have crashed. They have extended the deadline for comments to midnight, July 18.
You now have till the end of the week to add your commentary, if you have not done so yet. You can do so either using their system (once they get it back up) or the email above.
Fight For the Future, an information policy non-profit, has also set up this site to submit comments. (Gong this route will auto-subscribe you to FFTF’s news emails, but you can unsubscribe and these guys have local connections that have promised to hand-deliver the commentary documents to the FCC if that’s what it takes.)
The bottom line of the argument, so far as I am concerned, is that historically, mass telecommunications services including radio, television and telephone are all classified as ‘common carriers’ under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This designation identifies these services as a public good, and protects them in detailed ways from discriminatory practices that could damage the ability of Americans to communicate and access information freely and equally.
Notably, ALL of these services are increasingly migrating online.
Title II classification is not necessarily ideal for the internet. It’s 80 years old and needs updating for modern telecommunications. However, it’s a damn sight better than anything else we’ve currently got or that has been put on the table. It would at least continue to provide roughly equivalent protection, provide a basis upon which reasonable amendments could later be placed, and a strong precedent of tradition that would make corporate exploitation a much more difficult matter.
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