Net Neutrality Comment Tsunami Builds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 2-1 Thursday to advance Chairman Ajit Pai's Restoring Internet Freedom proposal, which would repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections, according to The Hill. Nowhere in the article was there any mention that the actions of the FCC under Pai were a response to last-minute regulatory changes under the Obama administration, which had to reach back to laws and regulations meant for the 1930s telephone industry for their authority.

In 2015, the FCC said basically if the Internet was a highway, that everyone deserved the same sized lane. "The utility-style regulations known as Title II were and are like the proverbial sledgehammer being wielded against the flea". These rules essentially ban any unequal treatment of data being sent on the web. The vote doesn't end net neutrality today, but it does pave the way for that to happen three months from now. It is created to prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking, slowing, or otherwise discriminating against user access to web or app content.

Members of the public have until August 16 to comment to the FCC on what they want in terms of net neutrality, i.e. should it go or should it stay.

It is not unusual for dockets to contain duplicate filings, form letters, and not bot-driven floods on one-side or another, but the FCC also said last week it was the subject of a DDoS attack that affected the filing of comments-activist groups are skeptical.

"Chairman Pai and his colleagues at the FCC have demonstrated leadership by jump-starting the process of rolling back these so-called net neutrality rules", Needham said.

According to Democrats and consumer advocates, weaker rules could allow internet service providers to abuse their position as gatekeepers between customers and the rest of the internet.

  • Zachary Reyes