US: Net neutrality becomes second-most talked about FCC issue

While the issue of net neutrality is complex and quite technical, reports say the topic is a top priority for Americans as it has now become the second-most discussed subject with the Federal Communications Commission.

According to reports, members of the public have sent about 300,000 emails to the communications regulator to weigh-in on the controversy, while an additional 60,000 submitted formal comments to the regulator. More than 6,000 have additionally called the FCC’s 1-800 number.

The numbers add up to the second-most commented issue for the FCC. Number one remains Janet Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction, according to reports.

FCC head Tom Wheeler officially unveiled revised net neutrality rules late last April after a court twice struck down original proposals.

Among the main concern for many Americans is the issue of whether the FCC will allow Internet service providers to be paid to offer priority content delivery. Critics say if the practice is allowed, it will lead to content giants like Comcast being able to overrun smaller competition by paying more to ensure higher quality content online.

The FCC voted 3-to-2 last month to move forward with Wheeler’s latest proposals that would allow ISPs to charge providers for faster and better streaming. The rules would prohibit ISPs from deliberately blocking or slowing content delivery, however.

Following the vote the FCC launched a four-month public comment period; since, the regulator has been flooded with comments.

According to reports, twelve FCC employees read every email sent to the regulator and enter a summary of comments into a docket.

Full content: Huffington Post

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