Net Neutrality Comments due By Nov. 4
Initial comments due Oct. 12
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/10/2010 1:21:24 PM
The FCC's request for further comment was published in the Federal Register Friday, which starts the clock on its comment period.
Initial comments will be due Oct. 12, with replies due Nov. 4. The comments are follow-up input on the FCC's proposal to expand and codify its Internet openness principles.
The commission has said there is "narrowing" disagreement on its four Internet openness guidelines and two additional ones on transparency and nondiscrimination. But it said two sticking points are the specialized service and wireless issues. Industry players are meeting to try to come up with compromise legislative language that would clarify the FCC's authority to oversee Internet openness.
They became hot topics of conversation after vet net neutrality proponent Google and network Verizon agreed that specialized services should be allowed and wireless broadband exempted from all but the transparency principles, given wireless' different network management characteristics and challenges like spectrum limitations and more unpredictable loads.
Net Neutrality is essential for so many functions on both personal and professional levels. This is where Big Brother begins if Net Neutrality cannot be maintained. It also will discriminate between those who can pay, and those who cannot, and we do not want to go down that road. Keep the net neutral.
Susan Lopez - 9/14/2010 9:25:05 PM EDT
Please make sure that the Net stays completely neutral. Allowing companies to charge or block internet content is an infringement of free speech and democracy.
Chaim Julian - 9/13/2010 11:32:57 PM EDT
Net neutrality is essential to the democratic process of our government. When only select and chosen segments of society have total access at the expense of the rest, then democracy is lost. The corporate media is the only voice that will be heard, and that is dictatorship.
Paul Szymanowski - 9/13/2010 8:33:40 PM EDT
I think net neutrality is a most important issue, as the net is one of the only sources of info, other than the mainstream media, which seems to have it's own agenda.
Kevin Mayhew - 9/13/2010 4:57:21 PM EDT
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