FCC moves forward on net negativity plan: What now?

PC World has the article which is actually titled FCC moves forward on net neutrality plan: What now?. I would hardly call their plan neutral, so I used a more appropriate word for the side that the FCC has come down on.

One of the services of the PC World article is in the following excerpt:

Where can I comment?

An easy way to comment is to go to the FCC’s comment page, which(sic) a link to the proposal officially titled, “protecting and promoting the open Internet.” Clicking on the proceeding number, 14-28, takes you to a Web form where you can leave a comment.

The FCC’s email box for the proceeding is also still working. It’s at openinternet@fcc.gov. The FCC’s phone number is 1-888-225-5322, although the agency in recent days has encouraged people to send comments electronically instead of calling.

While anonymous comments are allowed on the FCC website, comments may be taken more seriously if you leave your name.

When it becomes available to can see my comment that I made to the FCC at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/comment/confirm?confirmation=2014516324964

If you are satisfied to see the unofficial version, this is what I said.

Clearly, the internet is a means of communication that rivals the telephone in its importance to our society and democracy. Thus, it would make sense to rule that ISPs are utilities. Why not officially categorize them as such and regulate them as such?

Once a user has placed something on the internet through an ISP, then that item needs to be routed in the same manner as any other item on the internet. If you allow the the ISP to charge a fee for special handling, then you encourage that ISP to invest in the performance of this special handling route rather than investing in technology that helps all customers equally. This vital US infrastructure cannot be allowed to fall further behind the rest of the world.

Perhaps even worse, the ISP can just prioritize the packets of the higher paying customers rather than treating every packet on a first come first serve basis.

Market forces of competition might normally keep ISPs in check to prevent them from abusing their customers. However, the trend that the government anti-monopoly regulators seem to be allowing is more unreasonable corporate concentration. You need to take this reality of the political environment into consideration when you consider how your ruling may interact with existing conditions.

You cannot use the deregulation of the telecommunications industry as a guideline without also taking into account the monopolistic breakup of A T & T that occurred at the same time.

So don’t just sit there and complain to those within earshot or internet shot, send your comment to the FCC where it might do some good.

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