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FCC sets September 15 the deadline for the net neutrality comments

The net neutrality saga continued today as well as the FCC made September 15th the final day for public opinions. It was just yesterday that the Federal Communications Commission asked for an explanation for their act of slowing down the internet for specific kind of data. According to the recent reports, the FCC has for the time being officially postponed the implementation of the new set of rules. The commission was very grumpy about the fact that the ISP’s were slowing down the internet speed for specific kind of data.US makes September 15 the deadline for the net neutrality issue

After the previous sets of rules were discarded by the Federal Court, the FCC was handed the task of laying down the new set of rules. In that regard, the commission had ordered all the major service providers to lay bare the policies under which they are slowing down the speed. The commission is of the thought that a stricter policy is needed in order to enforce the act of net neutrality.

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Well, the interesting fact is that no one is actually truly aware of the extent to which the new net neutrality rules will affect the usage of Internet. The previous set of rules was discarded by the federal court in the month of January this year. Since then, the FCC has made sure that it gets all the data and statements about internet usage from the Internet Service Providers as well as the users themselves. The obvious thing is that the Internet has to be managed in such a way that it still exists as the open source of knowledge. Thus, the FCC will certainly have to consider the user remarks carefully before drafting the new set of rules for net neutrality.

A lot of people were actually expecting that the FCC would take the required amount of time in this case to finalize the new rules and this would buy some more time for the Internet users to enjoy the freedom. The FCC had initially asked the public to put in comments regarding the net neutrality issue and they have already received more than 1 million comments in this regard. The last date of commenting was 15th July. But as the FCC could not come up with the solution, the omission has increased the deadline up to September 15.

According to the reports, the extended window till September 15 has been allowed such the Internet users can put in their say about the issue of net neutrality. This is extremely important to the FCC as with the imposing of the new set of rules, it is quite clear that the Internet will not be a open book of knowledge anymore.

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4 comments

  1. Evelyne Henderson

    Post your own personal comment regarding whether or not the federal government should be controlling and monitoring the content allowed on the internet–I say the FDA needs to simply butt out and leave things as they now are because it is doing fine without their micro-management!

  2. September 15 is NOT the deadline for the "Net Neutrality ruling".

    Sep 15 is the deadline for REPLY comments; i.e., those comments filed in response to initial comments filed in July. This is NOT a second bite at the apple. Don't resubmit comments you've already filed, and don't submit new comments. Do submit responses to the comments already on file. E.g., if you disagree with something AT&T or Comcast, filed, say so, but be specific.

    Don't just say "ISPs are full of it". That doesn't help the FCC and in fact does more harm than good because the FCC must examine every comment submitted whether helpful or not.

  3. It's the FCC. The FDA is the food and drug administration. The FCC is making the ruling. Also, the FCC has been "micromanaging" or as I like to call it, preventing cable companies from gutting the internet by enforcing net neutrality. "Leaving things as they are" means that the FCC would continue to enforce net neutrality. Which would be good, because that would mean that internet service providers would continue to be forced to treat all the data they stream equally, rather than shaking down websites for lucrative contracts and forcing smaller start up websites forced out.

    You seem to be saying three contradictory things simultaneously, perhaps you should educate yourself on the issue before making rapid fire judgments based solely on whether or not a government agency is involved.

  4. Primarily, this is about "paid traffic prioritization" which means that websites who pay cable internet providers will get faster connections than those who do not. Imagine a system of roads where one set of destinations (web sites) will pay the people who own the roads (cable companies) a fee in order to let drivers (the people on the internet) drive on their faster roads when going to their destinations.

    Only it gets worse, because when these rules are in place it will mean that all the destinations without the money to pay for these contracts, especially small start up destinations/websites which are more likely to innovate, are much more likely to not be visited because they're getting chocked in the much slower "road".

    This is not about government intervention vs not government intervention. This is about letting a few companies benefit through rent control and racketeering. These new rules are bad for innovation and they're bad for internet users.

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