FCC Site Crushed Under Last Minute Load of Neutrality Comments
As noted yesterday
, today is technically the end of the first round of public comments on the FCC's new, controversial network neutrality rules. Unfortunately, it appears that the FCC's aging website couldn't handle the rush of the last minute load of commenters (or, just as probably, it couldn't handle several Reddit threads
that have been on the front page the last day).
As the FCC notes in a Tweet embedded below, after the FCC weighs all input and unveils their more-fully crafted new rules (which may or may not do things like cover wireless networks), the agency will field another round of public input in September before the rules get finalized.
The FCC continues to insist your comments will bear equal weight as the input of the Comcast, Google, AT&T and Facebooks of the world, but the proof will of course be in the pudding.
Will the rules cover wireless? Will they continue to contain massive loopholes allowing any number of anti-competitive behaviors provided they're feebly justified under the guise of network capacity and security concerns? Is the agency seriously capable of challenging campaign contributors and reclassifying ISPs as utilities? Update
: It looks like the FCC has extended the filing deadline until Friday:
Glen Head, NY
Re: Equal weight?
said by camper:I saw that and laughed. 10,000,000 peon comments approximately equals one telecom lobbyist comment. The FCC is going to do what it wanted with or without any comments from the public. There will be no surprises when the rules are published.
>> The FCC continues to insist your comments will bear equal weight as the input of the Comcast, Google, AT&T and Facebooks of the world
I support the right to keep and arm bears.
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Fort Smith, AR
Re: The illusion of input...
said by IPPlanMan:It is the same idea as voting. At least you can complain if you do lol. In all seriousness, the trend is to read them then make feeble rules full of loopholes to appear to appease the public, but cater to big money instead. So yes, they read and listen. They simply don't care vs caring about the almighty buck.
Who do think is actually reading this stuff from the average Joe? Nobody.
Re: The illusion of input...
said by Selenia:Yeah that's pretty much the only reason I go to the polls to do my throwaway vote for a third party or write-in.
It is the same idea as voting. At least you can complain if you do lol.
At least it gives me the right to complain!
Re: The illusion of input... Where does this rumor originate? When folks oppose cable mergers, are there similar rumors about folks wanting "free cable"?
Get ready... Well, I commented, for what it's worth. Get ready for the cable-packaging of the internet/Web: "I'm sorry, you're not authorized to view that website. For only $35/month* more, you can subscribe to a package which contains it and 100 other fun websites!"
*for the first 6 months, after which standard pricing will apply.
My Comment to the FCC I request that the FCC regulate the delivery of internet service as a common carrier. My reasons for this are two fold.
-Common carriers are a great way to maximize use of resources and ensure that everyone has far access to the service. With the internet, we as a country should want these to things.
-Vertical integration would be limited or eradicated by this. If the ISPs are also content owners, it makes selection of ISP by a consumer more difficult. These can be addressed though further rules (e.g., requiring equal access). But it is better to not have the situation arise.
Treat them as common carriers, let them make a fair profit, and allow the innovation to occur with all the ways that the facility can be used.