This from the TRUE Americans at the FreePress:
Sure, it said, more than a million people have spoken out in favor of real Net Neutrality … but does that actually matter? Will the FCC actually listen? "A lot of these comments," one FCC adviser said, "are one paragraph, two paragraphs, they don't have much substance beyond, 'we want strong Net Neutrality.'"1
You know that phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words"? Well, what about "a face-to-face meeting with the American public is worth more than one or two paragraphs"?
It's been more than five years since all five FCC commissioners left Washington to meet with the public in an official capacity. Net Neutrality is the hottest issue the agency has dealt with in almost a decade. People like you and me have a lot to say about the open Internet and the FCC needs to hear it.
When Chairman Tom Wheeler was appointed, he said he was all about representing the people and not industry. But what has he done on this crucial issue? Proposed a set of rules that the cable and phone companies are cheering for — and ducked the rest of us.
Wheeler has held all kinds of behind-closed-doors meetings, but only once has he met with the public to talk about Net Neutrality. And according to those who were there, he didn’t seem interested in hearing what people had to say.2
Try as they might, the FCC can't ignore public opinion. People have staged rallies, musicals and even camped outside the agency's doors. Thirteen senators and 37 members of the House have called on the FCC to reclassify broadband and protect Net Neutrality. And hundreds are gathering outside fundraisers President Obama held in California this week to remind him of his commitment to the open Internet.
Clearly the public has a lot to say about this. It's time the FCC listened.
Thanks for all that you do—
Candace, Mary Alice, Joe and the rest of the Free Press team
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1. "1 Million Net Neutrality Comments Filed, But Will They Matter?" NPR, July 21, 2014: www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/07/21/332678802/one-million-net-neutrality-comments-filed-but-will-they-matter
2. "Lots of Rhetoric and Little Substance as the FCC Hits the Road," Free Press, July 2, 2014: http://act.freepress.net/go/16123?t=8&akid=4870.10342326.IYFL8j
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