The FCC’s net neutrality stance elicits controversy, while the regulatory body invites public comment.
Following FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s May 20th appearance before Congress in defense of new proposed rules regarding net neutrality, a number of pro-neutrality advocates have registered their strong dissatisfaction online. Several of their opinions regarding perceived cronyism within the government regulatory body and revealing loopholes within the system easily exploited by major broadband providers have been gathered at the Internet and technology blog Gizmodo.com on its page devoted exclusively to the net neutrality debate.
Readers interested in the subject can also view Wheeler’s statement to Congress by linking to the FCC site.
Meanwhile, critics have continued to suggest the Wheeler’s proposal essentially outlines the demise of net neutrality, and will effectively abolish the notion of complete data equality under which the Internet has operated since its creation. While the debate between pro and anti-neutrality factions will likely be ongoing, citizens are encouraged to convey their own opinions to the FCC by visiting FCC.gov/comments in order to join the thousands who have already expressed their points of view. A thorough evaluation of these comments will be made by September 10th of this year, when the FCC is expected to take its final vote on the controversial net neutrality proposal.