FCC extends deadline for comments on net neutrality

By KBJR News 1

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Federal Communications Commission extended it deadline today for comments on net neutrality, after a last minute surge in comments crashed the agency's website.
Among the comments filed today, US Senator Al Franken - who says there is critical need to keep access to the Internet equal for consumers in Minnesota and across the country.

Senator Al Franken joined 13 other senators in taking advantage of the FCC's period for public comment to call on the FCC to reclassify broadband internet as a public utility, which would preserve net neutrality.
In a statement, Senator Franken said the comments he filed Tuesday call on the FCC to adopt strong net neutrality rules that protect Minnesota consumers, especially in rural areas.
The heated debate has centered around internet service providers wanting to charge more for certain services.

"They're complaining about large companies having to pass costs off to consumers and they're buying space in the pipes and they're complaining about the little guy content provider unable to compete with the big person" said Founder and Evangelist for aimClear Online Marketing Agency, Marty Weintraub.

The inability to compete is what Senator Franken has said would upend the internet as we know it today by leaving websites that can't pay in the slow lane.

Whether you're a consumer of information or a producer of information, these rules will affect you so long as long as you're a user of modern technology.

"One of the services that most people are aware of, Netflix, Hulu, businesses might have cloud storage, being able to put your files up to the cloud and being able to access them, how quick will that be" said Owner of discoverpc.net, Travis Elm.

No matter what part of the internet you are using experts say the issue is huge.
It's likely internet services providers will wait to make changes until a final decision is made.

"It's very possible it will go all the way to the Supreme Court. The cable and the mobile providers and everyone else who controls the fat pipes to your phone or to your house are likely to wait until it plays out and not make any big business decisions" said Weintraub.

Big business decisions that could affect the way we all receive data.

About 780-thousand public comments have been submitted to the FCC.
The comment period ends this Friday.
The public has until September 10th to reply to those comments.

Bryce Henry
bhenry@kbjr.com

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