FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline as Writers Guild Pushes for More Feedback

The comment deadline on comments for net  neutrality to the FCC has been extended until September 15
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased the amount of time people have to reply to comments on the issue of net neutrality rules by five days. The previous deadline had been set for September 10, but it has now been set for September 15, 2014, giving the public a few more days to express their opinions on what the government should do to regulate Internet traffic.

The first round of commenting on the issue was supposed to end on July 15, but it was extended to July 18 due to the FCC’s website crashing. There was such a huge number of last-minute comments around the 15th that many people couldn’t reach the website to make their opinion known. The three day extension was to allow those who tried to comment, but couldn’t to due to the crash. The FCC said that this latest extension was “to ensure that members of the public have as much time as was initially anticipated to reply to initial comments in these proceedings.”

The FCC has already received over 1 million comments from the public on whether all businesses on the Internet should be treated equally when it comes to content delivery speed, or if businesses should be able to pay to have their information and content prioritized for delivery. The vast majority of the comments indicate people want all to be treated as equals, with many saying the FCC should treat Internet providers as common carrier utilities. Many have concerns with allowing broadband carriers to penalize the speed of traffic they deliver at their discretion.

The Writers Guild of America has also weighed into the conversation asking the FCC to hold public hearings on the net neutrality issue before making any rule changes. In a correspondence to the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler by Writers Guild president Michael Winship, he expressed the following sentiment,

“The time has now come for the commission to hold public hearings on the Open Internet rulemaking around the country. It is imperative that the FCC members travel beyond Washington, D.C., to hear for themselves the voices of the American people who insist upon an Internet kept available on an equal and democratic basis for all.”

Those who want to have their opinions known can submit them by emailing the to openinternet@fcc.gov or through the comment section on the FCC’s website under the title of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.

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7 Responses to FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline as Writers Guild Pushes for More Feedback

  1. Frank says:

    I can’t believe this is still even a question. People overwhelmingly want the Internet to remain neutral, but I have no doubt that Comcast is lobbying like hell and giving so much money that they will get their way. That this is even being considered is just another example of big business being able to buy government.

  2. Lori says:

    Take 5 minutes to let the FCC know that big business can’t favor one business over another. Only a huge groundswell from the public has a chance of stopping this.

  3. Graham says:

    The Internet was bought by big business long ago. They don’t want the Internet to be equal just like they don’t want taxes to be equal. Your voice isn’t as persuasive as the millions of dollars they are giving to politicians to do their willing.

  4. william says:

    Even if this is true, you have to try instead of just give up. It will never change until more people are willing to try.

  5. scott says:

    Tom Wheeler is a former telecom lobbyist. Take a guess whose side he’s on. If you think it’s yours, you don’t know how much money he will earn once he retires from the telecoms for helping them out.

  6. barbara grace says:

    i wish to keep the net freeas is now

  7. Mike says:

    The net is and Must remain free as a natural evolution of freedom of speech.

    No corporation or law shall ever be made to restrict the amount of websites or services offered to consumers or freely available services on an equal basis regardless of peoples ability to pay for connectivity.

    You cannot limit the amount of data any one user can access only because corporations want to limit the usage for it’s customers.

    Govt. should ONLY legislate to further protect the peoples freedom and not be a lackey of corporations and their financial contributions to politics. Anything else is not a step forward in human evolution but rather a step backwards to a modern form of feudal control of a few technological “warlords”.

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