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Final Day To Comment on Net Neutrality

by Countable | 8.30.17

What’s the story?

You have less than 24 hours to let the FCC know your feelings about net neutrality.

At 12:00 AM EDT Wednesday night, the Federal Communications Commission will close the comments section on whether or not to roll back net neutrality rules.

Comments can be filed here.

Why does it matter?

The idea of net neutrality is that all internet traffic should be free to run at equal speeds. Some large internet service providers (ISPs) support rules that would allow them to prioritize or speed-up the communications of certain sites over others, or even block some sites. Under current law, ISPs like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T are barred from dictating which sites their clients may access, or throttle-down the speed of certain sites.

To better understand this theory in practice, consider Comcast, just one of many large companies that delivers the internet to millions of Americans. Comcast is affiliated with television producer NBC. Without net neutrality rules, Comcast would be free to promote NBC’s content over ABC’s, and/or provide slower load times for ABC.com. The internet is currently an open superhighway; without net neutrality, that highway could have fast and slow lanes.

ISPs promised the FCC they’d never engage in such behavior. Still, in 2015 the FCC crafted regulations to bar ISPs from throttling speeds and giving preference to some sites over others. Now, President Trump’s appointee to head the FCC, Ajit Pai, has proposed reversing these regulations.

Pai said the rules unfairly burden the ISPs, especially "mom and pop" ones, and that the government should not preemptively impose regulations on ISPs. Others have made the argument that consumers who use "less internet" shouldn’t be charged the same price as those who, say, binge on shows streamed from Netflix and Hulu.

In mid-July, thousands of companies and websites took part in the Day of Action To Save Net Neutrality in an effort to show users what the cyber-world could look like if the Trump administration succeeds in rolling-back Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

A week later, the White House gave a thumbs up for overturning net neutrality rules to the dismay of the activists.

"The administration believes that rules of the road are important for everyone—website providers, Internet service providers, and consumers alike," White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. She said the Obama administration, which supported net neutrality, "went about this the wrong way by imposing rules on ISPs through the FCC's" legislative powers.

What do you think?

Should the web remain neutral? Or should ISPs treat the internet more like cable TV, offering tiered payment plans for the sites and apps you use? Hit the Take Action button and tell your Reps. And be sure to leave your comments at the FCC before midnight!

—Josh Herman

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  • Mason
    08/30/2017
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    We must maintain Net Neutrality. if these regulations are repealed it would be a blatant act of prioritizing the interests of cooperations over that of the people they are supposed to represent. It is an overwhelming majority that supports Net Neutrality and Title Two Classification. According to an analysis of the comments on the FCC website performed by Emprata found that 98.5% of unique comments were opposed to repealing Net Neutrallity and Title 2 Classification.

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  • Ruth
    08/30/2017
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    Net neutrality....not corporate greed!!!

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  • David
    08/30/2017
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    Net neutrality is absolutely essential.

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  • Patty
    08/30/2017
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    Keep net neutrality.

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  • Daniel
    08/30/2017
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    Keep net neutrality. Listen to the people you represent!!!

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  • Regs55
    08/30/2017
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    Yes we should keep net neutrality. It would help small businesses. And have the neutrality not based on based on money. I don't trust big business to look out for the little guy. They are only in it to make more money not to advance this nation. By giving them the power slows you have little time for innovation and less of a free market.

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  • Aaron
    08/30/2017
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    net neutrality is the freedom of all Americans to access content online without corporate intervention. Knowing this administration and the FCC, no matter what the American public once, it won't occur. Corporations own this administration. Republicans don't give a damn because you're in power, and will do anything to keep it that way. Just remember, the 16-year-olds that you are screwing over with this. Will be the 18-year-olds that will decided if you will stay in your current position by voting.

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  • Joanne
    08/30/2017
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    The rollback of Net Neutrality must be stopped!!! Ajit Pai is moving this for the big money companies like AT & T. The Trump-appointed chair of the FCC just released a plan to repeal the rules that protect net neutrality. These rules changes could permanently alter the future of the internet -- allowing big corporations to determine what we see, hear, and share. Net Neutrality is needed to keep the internet free and open at affordable prices for consumers. If this is allowed to happen they get to choose what what they believe is priority and slow down what they don't, causing consumers to pay more for faster service. Also, I believe, our privacy is at risk. Please do what you can to stop this. Thank you.

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  • Truly
    08/30/2017
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    Protect net neutrality.

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  • Gabriele
    08/30/2017
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    It has to stay neutral. The government has no business controlling it. If it is open to all, then all have the same rights!!!!

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  • Mike
    08/30/2017
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    Wee need to keep net neutrality!!!!!!

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  • Tadros
    08/30/2017
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    Keep net neutrality.. of course using this to distract from the muller investigation

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  • RioJG
    08/30/2017
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    Please save net neutrality!

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  • John
    08/30/2017
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    Save net neutrality no fast lanes or preferential treatment to big spenders and no censorship

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  • Jason
    08/30/2017
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    Net Neutrality is important to the safety and privacy of every individual. Taking this away leaves people exposed to the monopoly that exists today with ISP providers.

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  • Marcelluswallus
    08/30/2017
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    Verizon is already making moves so I wouldn't be surprised if this goes through. But regardless. Net neutrality shouldn't even be a discussion, however it's not a remote surprise seeing as this entire country is run for profit rather than the people's interests at all. Maybe one day we'll live in a world where healthcare and simple things in life will be a priority. It's time for these old rich white douche bags to fuck off and stop profiting off of our peoples misery and make strides to help us and our planet.

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  • Kathleen
    08/30/2017
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    Net neutrality must be maintained to keep larger companies from having unfair advantage, and to protect smaller companies.

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  • Terry
    08/30/2017
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    Leave the current law as is. Leave it alone.

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  • Claude
    08/30/2017
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    Net neutrality for all internet traffic is absolutely essential to the public interest in the USA (and actually worldwide). The internet is the 21st century communications medium for everyone. It is not a toy for a tiny number of service providers to manipulate for their profit at the expense of free flowing access for all applications and services... many not invented yet. Strict neutrality is an innovation stimulator of very great value to the whole economy.

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  • Quinby
    08/30/2017
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    We need to keep net neutrality in place.

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