The FCC’s public comment period on their proposed net neutrality rule — the one with the fast lanes, that everyone, even Congress, thinks is a terrible idea — is running out. The deadline is tomorrow, July 15. For anyone who hasn’t yet left a comment but keeps thinking it, now’s the time.
We’ve got a whole guide up about the proposed net neutrality rule and how to leave comments with the FCC, but really, it’s easy to do.
There are three questions the FCC is asking the public to answer:
- Should there be an outright ban on fast lanes?
- Should broadband access be classified as a Title II common carrier?
- Should the new Open Internet provisions also cover wireless (mobile) broadband?
You can leave a comment answering those questions in two ways: either click here to go directly to the form or send an e-mail to the FCC’s dedicated inbox, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: be civil and be clear. There might be over half a million comments filed in the docket so far, but a large number of them make very little sense. So consider how you can make your comment helpful. It should cover two areas:
- Why is it net neutrality important to you? In what specific way would restoring or upending it help or hurt?
- What, specifically, would you like the FCC to do about it?
The proposed cable company f*ckery doesn’t help anyone except big ISPs like Verizon and Comcast, who see it as a chance to make more money. And usually, in D.C., money talks loudest. This is one of the few opportunities consumers have to speak up for themselves directly to the people who make the rules.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler tweeted on Friday that the commission has received roughly 647,000 comments about their proposed net neutrality rule. There’s time yet to make that 750,000 or even a million before the deadline. You’ve got 24 hours left to make sure yours is one of the voices the FCC hears.