NY Attorney General Blasts FCC Over Public Comment Process on Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday a plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules

Without this regulation, internet providers could slow down certain services, allowing you to access certain content, or only allow you to watch shows the provider prefers.

Current Net Neutrality laws have clear bans against internet service providers selectively blocking or slowing websites, as well as speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee. So we're calling on our lawmakers to do their job overseeing the FCC and speak out against Ajit Pai's plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections and give Verizon and other giant ISPs everything on their holiday wishlist.

People and organizations who are for the de-regulation say this will let companies offer more services for folks at different price points which in turn would create a better service overall.

The proposal also would shift some enforcement responsibility to the Federal Trade Commission, which can sue companies for violating the commitments or statements they have made to the public.

"We're much more anxious about the opposite, that smaller players will get squeezed out by larger players who have the resources to buy what's really an acceptable level of service, and they're going to get stuck with an unacceptable level of service", Dillon said.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai.

The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday released his detailed proposal to repeal net neutrality rules for online traffic, setting the stage for a vote next month. Federal law requires the FCC and all federal agencies to take public comments on proposed rules into account - so it is important that the public comment process actually enable the voices of the millions of individuals and businesses who will be affected to be heard.

Allowing the FTC to police broadband providers' own promises is tantamount to providing "toothless protections", consumer advocates say. Pai's FCC spiked the effort to go after AT&T, even before it began rolling out a plan to undo the net neutrality rules entirely.

Schneiderman is not the first to accuse the FCC of stonewalling investigations into the net neutrality comment system. Pai released his proposal Wednesday, giving the public and the commission more than three weeks to consider before the FCC takes a vote on December 14. He said that the FCC's move will hurt consumers who rely on the internet "to reach the world and realize new opportunities". The company also promised that it will continue its strong support for net neutrality and open internet.

The ACLU also issued a statement opposing Pai's plan. Still, advocacy groups and various websites have been pushing to preserve net neutrality for months now. They are planning to organize protests outside the company's stores across the country.

Pai says the Obama-era FCC had "finally met the enemy, and the enemy was giving something that consumers wanted for free".

In brief, removal of Net Neutrality only favour big business and many are deeply concerned (including ourselves at eTeknix) that we might be sleepwalking into it. According to data analytics firm Gravwell, only about 3.9 million (17.4 percent) of the more than 22 million public comments submitted to the FCC were unique; most came from bots programmed to oppose net neutrality.

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