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article imageFCC fields 1.2 million comments on Net neutrality

By Kev Hedges     Jul 19, 2014 in Internet
Firms across America, consumer groups and net citizens have submitted 1.2 million comments to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), raising protest and anger on the issue of net neutrality as the first deadline to submit a comment passed on Friday.
The organization will still continue to collect comments and concerns until September 10, as it works out how best to regulate the method Internet service providers (ISPs) manage web traffic that flows across their networks. The 1.2 million comments received has neared the amount of the regulator received after the 2004 Super Bowl broadcast that exposed Janet Jackson's breast to a global audience. The incident was dubbed Nipplegate and the infamous malfunction in the wardrobe marked its tenth anniversary this year.
Recently, Internet giants such as Facebook and Google attempted to force the FCC into a climbdown over its net neutrality rules. In simple terms, net neutrality is a network design concept that promotes the argument that broadband network providers or ISPs be totally divorced from what information is sent over their networks.
Net neutrality certainly does have net citizens, like you and me, firms, bloggers and big organizations sitting up and taking notice and arguing why some bits of information should not be prioritized over another.
But it is a contentious issue; what would happen if ISPs inhibit content providers that they believe have a conflict of interest from using higher speed networks? Either way, it certainly has us all talking and commenting at levels not witnessed since the unfortunate Janet Jackson was demonized by the media as if every other woman was not born with a pair of breasts.
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