Nine days ago, I mistakenly made the post below a page on this blog. The information is still important, and tomorrow is still the day that the Federal Communications Commission will vote on the so-called “fast-lane” options that FCC Chair Tom Wheeler proposed at the end of April.
A lot has been happening in the interim, and folks are rallying at FCC offices in Washington, DC, and elsewhere to keep the pressure on commissioners to keep the internet neutral. According to sources I have been reading, at least two of the commissioners appear to be leaning towards neutrality. This is a particularly important issue for the free flow of information, and I will certainly be paying attention tomorrow, as will many of my friends and colleagues.
The page I intended to be a post on May 5:
Ten Days Until FCC Decision #netneutrality
Thanks to Adeline Koh and Jesse Stommel, I spent some time on the final weekend in April tweeting about the Federal Communications Commission’s plan for bringing an end to neutral access to the Internet by instituting so-called fast lanes with the alleged aim of optimizing streaming services. Many academics of the digital persuasion responded by speaking out, and a good sampling of that response can be found in Stommel’s Storify, Net Neutrality Will Not Go Quietly.
The comment period remains open before the FCC’s decision on May 15. The email address for messages from individual citizens is firstname.lastname@example.org . They work for us; we need to show them what the people think about our internet.
Come back tomorrow. I’ll be posting my letter and the FCC’s response.