Net Neutrality Comment Total Will Grow

Ann Santiago
September 4, 2017

In that Restoring Internet Freedom proposal, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is also proposing to scrap the general conduct standard, which the previous chairman, Tom Wheeler, said was necessary so that the FCC could deal on a case-by-case basis with potential impediments to net neutrality that did not fall within those "bright-line" rules.

Pai has said heavy-handed net neutrality rules have led to reduced investment, cutting out 75,000 to 100,000 jobs, such as laying cable and digging trenches to help bring high-speed internet access to rural and low income areas. However, the FCC did not remove them and they would still count as opposition to the net neutrality rules.

Technically, the docket will remain open after the comment deadline.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission officially closed the public comment period for its proposal to undo current net neutrality protections Thursday. Still, it's best to get your comments on the record before the end of the day tomorrow.

Under current rules, internet providers can not arbitrarily block websites, reduce service speed or charge more for access to internet "fast lanes". "However, until a permanent framework is in place, the FCC can and should ensure a durable backstop and maintain core open internet protections through one or more of the options outlined in our comments and the comments of others". "The internet is not, and never has been, "neutral" in the traffic flows that affect how customers experience the services offered by different edge providers", AT&T wrote. "Providers of online goods and services need assurance that they will be able to reliably reach their customers without interference from the underlying broadband provider", the letter argues.

"Nothing about the internet was broken in 2015", he said, speaking of when the FCC moved to regulate the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

The net neutrality docket of the Federal Communication is however quite a mess since nearly 22 million comments come from form letters and spam bots using stolen identities from data breaches.

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