Crushed by a stampede of petitioners, the FCC extends net neutrality comment period

Crushed by a stampede of petitioners, the FCC extends net neutrality comment period
By Derek Kessler on 15 Jul 2014 02:55 pm EDT
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Crushed by a flood of commenters, the FCC has extended the open comment period for their Open Internet proceedings until Friday. When we wrote about the importance of net neutrality back in May, the FCC had opened the door for open comment, and that window was due to close today. But after having been smashed yesterday and today by people like you registering their thoughts with the FCC about how best to address net neutrality, the FCC has extended that window to Friday.

You can submit your comments to the FCC at fcc.gov (if you can get it to load), or simply by emailing openinternet@fcc.gov

Source: FCC

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Crushed by a stampede of petitioners, the FCC extends net neutrality comment period

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The internet is threatened by broadband internet access providers who would turn the open, best-efforts internet into a pay-for-priority platform more closely resembling cable television than today's internet. In other words big players who would want you to pay for "better faster access". They are trying to make the Internet like the Cable industry essentially.

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For now it is U.S only but that doesn't mean other countries won't follow once it passes in the U.S

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The money is on the side of keeping things fair mostly. I for one prefer the Internet as it is. The Internet is for everyone, therefore the Government of any one country shouldn't be able to decide what happens with it.

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Im not convinced Mr. Kessler has ever held or used a BB10 phone......I assume the photo was forced from above. Nice work nonetheless

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Must be due to traffic because I was just able to get in.

A slow climb to the top is always more rewarding. Sent using my BlackBerry Z10.

Not capitalism, its corporatism. Big difference. Coporatism is the corruption that can happen as a result of greed and power. It must be restrained.

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I am (not really) surprised how little comments this important issue gets, whereas the autoloader above and Blackphone below are still receiving comments by the minute.

This is more important than a new OS version that will be forgotten in a few months or a competitor's phone with nor real creds. Even though this is not **directly** BlackBerry related.

The future of the Internet as we know it is at stake.

Please email them, especially if you're from the US.

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Correct but alas many are not interested in current affairs that can have massive repercussions down the line. This move by the providers is just another money grab and it must NOT be allowed to occur. Its going to be abused, they already got cable TV cornered if you don't have it you are left to the reduced viewing on free signals.

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The thing is, most CB users are from outside of the US so to them, they feel this is a non-issue. An American issue, and well, it's apparently the cool thing to dislike America these days.

Lest we forget most US BlackBerry users (CB users) migrated elsewhere and they are probably making their noise there.

This is going to be a good test of who rules this Gov. "The People", large corps, or just unadulterated greed... or another source.

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It sure is sad, Prem, that this thread has so few comments. Most people will hear about this only after the decision has been made. Even though the fight over this issue is currently taking place here in the US, if it does go through it will eventually make its way around the globe, affecting everyone.

At least the FCC acknowledged the heavy response. Just hope it does not go through..

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It sure is sad, Prem, that this thread has so few comments. Most people will hear about this only after the decision has been made. Even though the fight over this issue is currently taking place here in the US, if it does go through it will eventually make its way around the globe, affecting everyone.

At least the FCC acknowledged the heavy response. Just hope it does not go through..

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Governments the world over would love to put controls on the internet. Its only a matter if figuring out how to do it.

It's stuff like this that makes me nervous about the proposed Sprint-TMO merger. I'll likely bail from TMO when that happens, but there will be collateral damage in the form of higher prices for all. Why the hell did Obama appoint an industry lobbyist as an FCC commish?

I share your concern about what a Sprint / T-Mobile merger will mean long term. I returned to T-Mobile a year ago; I couldn't even wait out my contract with Sprint their network locally is so weak.

Obama's FCC appointments have been as head-scratching as they have been disappointing.

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Really, you are questioning a political appointment by a leader with little experience? I'm shocked.

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Correct that's what those heavy hitters count on, divide and conquer. Its not a partisan matter. Though in Washington they always turn it into that, much to the benefit of large corporations and their lobbyists.

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True. Net Neutrality has been an issue for as long as what we know as the internet has existed. This fight has gone on under every President since Clinton. Unfortunately Big Business found a way to accomplish via litigation what it was unable to do through legislative or executive action. The question now is whether this FCC has the wherewithal and fortitude to undo the damage.

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The fight for Net Neutrality, the principle that all content should be treated equally, has endured since the internet's formation. The website freepress.net and its founders have tracked this issue for over a decade and is an excellent resource for this as well as other issues relating to media in democratic society. ( Disclosure: I am a donor to this non-profit organization and encourage others to do likewise.)

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So instead of profit-driven corporations deciding things, you all want to put it in the hands of the government? Looking at the track record of the Obama administration (using the IRS to harass its political opponents, arresting and eavesdropping on journalists who print stories critical of the administration and so on), do you really want politicians and bureaucrats responsible for running the Internet? This us going to end badly.

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No let's give it to the Corporate Sector. Tough luck to those who can't pay for access. Yeah that will show them .I agree if you a economically challenged why should you have free access to information. Let's create a modern day caste system. Eh?

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