Senator Bernie Sanders has set up a page to make it easy to submit a comment to the FCC regarding their proposed "hand the internet to the wealthy" rule.
Click the link, and go comment!
If you need some ideas, here's my submission:
Given the criticality of internet access to communications and to the general economy of the US, internet providers should be classified as common carriers.
The current proposed rule change is nothing more than an attempt to create two separate internets: a superhighway traveled by large corporate clients; and a rutted, potholed dirt road traveled by businesses and individuals too small to afford the "real" internet.
According to the Small Business Administration, firms with fewer than 500 workers account for 99.7 percent of employment in the US. Those businesses all rely on a neutral internet in order to compete in the market. Bifurcating the internet in favor of large corporate entities with deep pockets will devastate the economy.
It's time to end this threat to the nation's economy - reclassify internet providers as common carriers, like the utilities they are.
You know it's bad when they go to Orwell for inspiration in naming rules, regulations, and bills. The Orwellian named rule "14-28 Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" is designed to set roadblocks on all the internet on-ramps, while awarding brand new Lamborghinis to the multinational corporations that want to turn off the spigot on internet data flow, ransoming it back to us at exorbitant costs.
Let the commissioner know we're not stupid enough to fall for his double-speak title. The internet is too crucial to be under rules that subject data flow to the whims of the biggest wad of cash.
Mon May 05, 2014 at 7:14 AM PT: It's great to see so many people writing comments. Thank you, everyone! While I'll be surprised if our current FCC director will take the step to make the net a utility, he may at least scrap his give-away plans if he knows we're watching.