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FCC Wants More Public Comment on Net Neutrality

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Why All the Hype Over Net Neutrality?

Learn what net neutrality is all about and why it's so important.

In its first move on net neutrality since Google and Verizon released their joint proposal, the Federal Communications Commission is requesting public comment on whether the final rules should apply to wireless communications services or to specialized services that are delivered over broadband connections.

 

The Google-Verizon proposal brought both issues to the forefront because it would exempt wireless services from net neutrality rules, but it would also allow cable companies to charge extra for specialized services. But open Internet proponents, who have criticized the Google-Verizon plan because it would create a "two-tiered Internet," are not pleased. They see the FCC's call for public comment as more foot-dragging.

 

In fact, The Associated Press quotes Free Press research director Derek Turner as follows:

While the FCC continues to play the game of kick the can down the road, consumers are left unprotected.

The comment and reply periods will last approximately two months.

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