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FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
6 months agoGilded4

IamA FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel who voted for Net Neutrality, AMA!

Hi Everyone! I’m FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. I voted for net neutrality. I believe you should be able to go where you want and do what you want online without your internet provider getting in the way. And I’m not done fighting for a fair and open internet.

I’m an impatient optimist who cares about expanding opportunity through technology. That’s because I believe the future belongs to the connected. Whether it’s completing homework; applying for college, finding that next job; or building the next great online service, community, or app, the internet touches every part of our lives.

So ask me about how we can still save net neutrality. Ask me about the fake comments we saw in the net neutrality public record and what we need to do to ensure that going forward, the public has a real voice in Washington policymaking. Ask me about the Homework Gap—the 12 million kids who struggle with schoolwork because they don’t have broadband at home. Ask me about efforts to support local news when media mergers are multiplying.
Ask me about broadband deployment and how wireless airwaves may be invisible but they’re some of the most important technology infrastructure we have.

EDIT: Online now. Ready for questions!

EDIT: Thank you for joining me today. Hope to do this again soon!

My Proof:

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2.4k points · 6 months ago

I live in Central Kentucky but make my way out to Eastern Kentucky/Appalachian areas quite frequently. The network infrastructure leaves lot to be desired.

What can I do at the local level to help support wider access to broadband internet to the indigent or very rural areas?

And thank you for what you do. You're fighting the good fight, and I appreciate all that you do.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster2.8k points · 6 months ago

You're right. We have a real problem with broadband access in rural America. There are 34 million Americans without access to broadband at home, 23 million of them live in rural communities. We need a plan to ensure that high-speed service reaches them where they live. I think for starters we need to know today where service is and is not. But right now the national broadband map is 3 years out of date. Data that is three years old is like a lifetime in the internet age. We need to fix this. But I don't think that Washington should wait--we can begin by asking the public directly and using the wisdom of crowds. To this end, I set up an e-mail address at the FCC to take in comments about where service is lacking and what can be done to improve it. So please write in to and let me know your stories. You can be a part of fixing this infrastructure problem.

175 points · 6 months ago

I'm not sure how to go about managing the data you'll get from this email address securely. But I'm a data engineer and web developer, and I'd be happy to put together a map and a dashboard to summarize the information you do get.

I think this is a good idea because you really can't trust the data from the large broadband providers. I've been trying to get my parents set up with broadband for years, and they are not very far from a largish city in Texas. Verizon, ATT, and Time Warner all claim to offer service in the area, but every time I've tried to get them to set it up, they are all, "Well, we can offer cell service and charge by the gigabyte. But we can't offer un-metered service by cable or fiber because that area isn't populous enough yet for it to be profitable." So they claim service is there, but it really isn't.

I was recently able to get ATT to offer to lay down fiber to their house, but the price is $750/month for 20mbps up and down and they have to sign a 2-year contract at those rates.

I think that a map of actual rates that people are actually paying along with the speeds they are getting for the price would be a good first step in identifying what the landscape really is.

Let me know if there's any way I can help with this. Visualizing and summarizing the data you get from that email address is a good first step, but it's not a reasonable method to generate reliable results from. Polling is a challenge because it's specific information about something that doesn't exist that we're trying to find. Extrapolating based on statistics really wouldn't shed much light on this.

But it could be done. A short 5-8 question survey about broadband availability and price could be put together, and you'd need to get one completed survey for each of the ~44,000 zip codes in the U.S. to build a real map of what it's like out there. Then we can match those numbers to census data for demographic information (cutting down on the length of the survey). It would cost money to do this, but not as much as you might think.

I'll gladly donate my time to this if we can work out an agreement about data security and properly anonymizing everything. Thank you for fighting for us on this.

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My father doesn't have access to broadband. The company who does have a line to us, won't give us service because their hub is too small and won't expand it. He's on a waiting list. Alternatively, Spectrum has a line to a road less than a mile away, but won't run it to him. When seeking a quote to have a line run, they wanted to go under the freeway near him and quoted it at $20,000+.

Frankly, that's bullshit.

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Could you possibly make an interactive map or simply a poll about if broadband is available? People can answer a multiple choice question that logs their geolocation which can then be interpolated in to real data. Maybe this can be done through an app. Obviously this requires at least a phone with data but if enough people contributed this would create a much clearer map of areas without broadband.

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Why were the Telecoms allowed to pocket $400 Billion of taxpayer money for internet infrastructure and then do nothing? Mike Powell amirite?

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What about people in rural community's that have access to dsl internet only and pay way more than the going rate in town and are stuck with one company that makes sure their the only service available and the speeds r super limited? I pay the going rate for what people in town pay for 10xs the speeds! It's like a monopoly in mid northern Ohio.

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So this reminded me of the old Verizon "can you hear me now" ads. Can someone just set up a site where you report in your address and whether broadband is even an option there? Hijacking the "wisdom of the crowd", just compile it ourselves like that. Seems like leaving "FCC" or anything even remotely political out of it and requiring some form of verification that it's not a bot or a liar is all that's needed to get a pretty decent picture. Anyone?

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Does this apply to mobile networks?

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What did the FCC do to fix this problem? I’m seeing a ton of lip service in this comment but nothing substantial. Just more of the “submit comments”. People have been complaining about this for about as long as I’ve been able to use the internet, 14 years. What did Title 2 Protections do for this?

48 points · 6 months ago

Y'all realize she didn't really answer the question right?

I'm actually amazed people answered her positively. I mean, it's a good thing and all. But she literally took OP's question, decomposed it, took the main theme and went with what she wanted to say about it that'd make her look right. She never actually answered him.

edit: I aint hating, shit's amazing. I wish I could do that

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But how are these undeserved areas going to reply to you without email access? Are they going to see this post on AOL speeds? Are you reaching out to them on other arenas? Where are these people going to gain a voice about the internet when they are denied service? This is frustrating and confusing to me.

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So by now it is likely fewer than 34 million without access, right? If that number is based on the last broadband map.

But right now the national broadband map is 3 years out of date. Data that is three years old is like a lifetime in the internet age.

Form 477 data collection has largely supplanted National Broadband Map data. I'm honestly shocked you know Map data collection ended 3 years ago but didn't know or didn't share the fact that such data are now publicly available through 477 reporting.

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3.5k points · 6 months ago

Are there any plans to address the fake comments?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster5.0k points · 6 months ago

When I last checked, the FCC received roughly 24 million comments from the public on our net neutrality proceeding. In many ways, that's good. The American people are making known what they think about net neutrality and the future of the internet and they are letting Washington know in droves. But at the same time we saw a lot of funny stuff in our proceeding. There were about 2 million comments with stolen identities, half a million comments from Russian e-mails, and a lot of bogus comments from bots. That's a problem. I said so at the time and I called for a delay in our vote until we got to the bottom of this mess. I wasn't alone. Many members of Congress and state Attorneys General called for the agency to delay its vote and clear this up. Unfortunately, the agency--over my objections--went ahead with the vote anyway. But we still need to get to the bottom of what happened here, because fake comments are not unique to the FCC. We're seeing them filed in other proceedings here in Washington at other agencies, including the Department of Labor and the CFPB.

1.7k points · 6 months ago

I found that my identity was used to make a comment that was against my views. I created a real comment expressing my true view and frustration at Pai for his disrepect to the American process.

Please don’t let this become accepted behavior. If you drop this issue, it will incentivize the perpetrators to do this more often and more intensely.

And yes, I gave my info to NYAG Schneiderman. However, the FCC needs to show initiative here as well.

Please let Pai know that he doesn’t have a carte blanche exception from reality and that the more he deceives and lies, the harder the bite will be when it hits him.

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My identity was “stolen” to vote for to repeal net neutrality. An address I no longer lived at was even used as part of my supposed identification.

You need to be able to do more than what you have said here today. It is categorically unacceptable and why you folks are unable to stop the whole sham as a result is insane to me. The entire thing should have been put on hold if our votes actually mattered but it’s well known at this point that pai doesn’t give a care in the world about what the people think or feel and is just looking to be paid by his Verizon cohorts once he leaves the fcc.

It’s a shameful sham, the fcc.

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“Bots” can also be pre-made comments though couldn’t they? I mean how many people who wanted to comment simply used one of the many sites that generated a comment automatically but with a real citizen hitting the send button?

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So what do I do if my name was used in a fake comment.

So...that's a "no" then?

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Have you seen the one where they sign it as Obama yet it is an anti-net neutrality? The fakers are begging to be caught.

Just do a captcha, problem solved. However, sometimes common sense is not so common, especially in government.

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Yeah if you/they actually cared about public opinion a bunch of comments wouldn't matter you would know the populace stands against it and side with the people. But money and corporations control everything to the point the regular people have no real say no matter what we do.

Concern over 'fake comments' is a smoke screen, a misdirection, an attempt to confuse an issue in-which the public has CLEARLY expressed an opinion. I honestly don't care if you received a BILLION spam messages, can you point to ANY significant number of citizens who are NOT in favor of net neutrality? A vote against it, is a clear and blatant statement and an obvious disregard. This is NOT a complex issue. Money bought votes. No morality involved.

24 million comments and what sounds like a Small percentage of fakes or repeats doesn't warrant trashing all of them,

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What happened was out of 24 million comments, 3 million were fraudulent which still leaves 21 million the great majority of which were pro NN. There isn't any problem here other than the Republican commissioners working for the ISPs.

That's the longest winded "no we cant be bothered" I have ever seen.

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So the answer is "no, there are no plans to address the fake comments."

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4.8k points · 6 months ago

What do you think is the largest long term consquence of repealing Net Neutrality? What seems to be the most effective way to fight this repeal? Do you believe that this repeal can be challenged in court and won?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster6.7k points · 6 months ago

Today, the United States internet economy is the envy of the world. I believe that's because it rests on a foundation of openness. Net neutrality is a big part of that--and I worry that the economic engine that it has supported will be harmed by this decision.

As for fighting this repeal, the most important thing to do is realize the fight is not over. There will be litigation in the courts. There will be legislative efforts in Congress. There are even legislative efforts in state houses, like Nebraska, Washington, New York, and California.

10.5k points · 6 months agoGilded3 · edited 6 months ago

Hey can you tell Ajit Pai to go fuck himself for all of us?

Edit: thanks for the gold! It's just what we're all thinking :)

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Every comment to this comment has managed to confuse internet economy with internet infrastructure.

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This will get buried, but thank you, THANK YOU, for fighting so hard.

How is it even possible for corruption to be so wide spread in every system of government in the USA?

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181 points · 6 months ago

i'm inclined to disagree with you. Your internet economy is impressive however you've failed to enforce the laws against monopolies. Many Americans already have no choice in ISP and this has led to thea consumer hostile environment. you're pretty neato, but the envy of the world? Hard pass.

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32 points · 6 months agoGilded1

While I appreciate your efforts toward Net Neutrality, this is simply not true. The United States lags light years behind in terms of internet availability, freedom, and speeds compared to countries such as South Korea, Japan, Singapore, etc.

Stopping with the sugar coating of the state of the American internet may be just as important as protecting net neutrality.

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I see Americans use that phrase, "envy of the world", a lot. Respectfully, as someone from "the rest of the world", you're not and you should stop saying it.

Today, the United States internet economy is the envy of the world.

Hahaha. Nope.

Source: The World.

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That doesn’t sound like a convincing argument. Lots of supposition and no substance. I was hoping you had a better, more convincing, more of a fact-based rational answer than this. It’s fun to ride the wave of the mob support but this response is rather weak.

Today, the United States internet economy is the envy of the world.

I'm sorry, but this just isn't true. Plenty of countries have internet infrastructure and economy that far surpasses that of the United States. In this case America is most definitely not #1, I'd be surprised if they were even in the top 15.

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4.2k points · 6 months agoGilded1

For those who have routinely called/emailed/faxed congressional representatives and filed comments directly with the FCC regarding support for NN, what would you recommend as a solid next step in the ongoing fight for NN? Surely there is more we can be doing.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster5.9k points · 6 months agoGilded1

The fight is not over. We will see litigation in the courts. We will see action in Congress. Right now, momentum is building for legislation based on the Congressional Review Act. It would, in effect, undo the FCC's misguided net neutrality decision last month. So speak up and reach out to those who represent you. This issue matters and the effort is ongoing.

Hi. Why has the effort to declare "The Internet" as a "Public Utility" fallen away from mainstream thought?? It seems a logical conclusion to me. (If we could assume the stories of corruption of this subject aren't true.) Clearly the confusion of & conflation of the facts led to this divisiveness. Tho I hate over regulation, I am old enough to understand how UNDER- regulation allowed for all that is bad about 'our internet' to propagate. (I still believe our tax dollars paid for the initial 14 servers of the so called 'Internet'. Somehow they could have sectioned access with algorithms to keep us 'safe'.)

I'm not sure you'll see this but I do hope you were not discouraged by some of the rude commentary. Thank you for holding to your opinion, I kinda do wonder if you see mine. In any case thank you and Godspeed to the effort.

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My daughter wants to become a lawyer, she’s 14 and just linked me the AMA, saying you were a great role model. I agree. You’re doing great things, thank you.

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382 points · 6 months ago

What does your average work day look like (aside from presumably at least one failed attempt to talk some sense into Mr. Pai)? Any funny stories you can share with us that don't violate any privacy clauses or similar?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster670 points · 6 months ago

I'm an early riser. I'm a big coffee drinker. (I consume more that I should, but hey, it gets me going.) I drop my kids off at school and then head into the office. A quick review of the morning news, my e-mail, and my twitter feed, and then it's off to meetings and sometimes speeches. But that's the ideal day. And honestly, not every day is ideal. There's always something unexpected--from an inquiry that needs response in the office to a problem at home like not having heat (true story, right now).

210 points · 6 months ago

So about the same as most people, then, just with more FCC. Thanks for the answer, it's always nice to see reminders that the people in charge are human too. Here's hoping you can get the heat sorted out before too long!

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The Heat Package is part of the premium service with Netflix and HBO. You have to pay Comcast extra for that.

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I'm a big coffee drinker.

How big is your coffee mug?

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904 points · 6 months ago

Hey, thanks so much for all you're doing.

What does the rise of Sinclair (and the completely, totally impartial, fair, unbiased, nonpartisan must-runs like TERRORISM ALERT DESK) mean for the future of American journalism? What should we doing about it?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster1.3k points · 6 months ago

There is a transaction before the FCC right now that involves the combination of Sinclair and Tribune. It would result in a massive broadcasting company that would be able to reach 72% of the households in this country. No other television company today has that kind of power to influence what we see, hear, and learn. The unprecedented size of this proposed merger should have us all concerned.

99 points · 6 months ago

In November, several Senators called for investigation into Pai and Sinclair. They listed specific, serious items to be investigated and requested recusal from any FCC/Sinclair matters until they were complete.

As Sinclair matters are before the FCC right now, has the investigation concluded (if so, where could one find the outcome), or been ignored?

118 points · 6 months ago

HAHA this is EXACTLY the result that was expected to take place after the FCC ruled recently not to require radio stations have a presence in the state to be able to air there.

Of course this is scary, this is a step towards a large nationalized news base that can push whatever narrative to 72% of the country as you've just said.

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We need a trustbuster to come in and break up this oligopoly into many smaller pieces.

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So, perhaps the movement on NN was to divert attention away from this transaction?

I mean, I hate being the only conspiracy theorist in the room, but....

Really? Why am I the only one thinking this?

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16 points · 6 months ago

Please use Italy and Berlusconi as an example of why this is madness.

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Will you be doing anything to stop the merger?

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10 points · 6 months ago

What does the rise of Sinclair mean for the future of American journalism?

The unprecedented size of this proposed merger should have us all concerned.

Right, but...

What does the rise of Sinclair mean for the future of American journalism?


What should we doing about it?

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2.0k points · 6 months agoGilded1

What can an average citizen to do to fight against a captured agency?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster2.4k points · 6 months ago

Make a ruckus. Make your voice heard. I am listening--and I know there are others in Washington who are listening, too. There's a pile of letters from across the country that I have on my desk in my office. They are from people from all walks of life asking the FCC to keep in place its net neutrality policies. I could put them away, but I choose to keep them on the desk right now. It's a reminder that what we decide here has far-reaching consequences across the country.

1.2k points · 6 months agoGilded1

Seriously? Two years we've been crying out loud how we DO NOT WANT the end of net neutrality. All it took was one stooge placed in the agency by another stooge, paid for by the telecom lobby, and poof, it's gone. This country is a joke.

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From your POV, what are the top 3 or 5 effective ways to make a ruckus? What makes public servants perk up and listen?

Thank you for doing this AMA!

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132 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

If you are all listening, how could you (the FCC) not hear us regarding net neutrality? There was a MASSIVE public outcry across all social media against repealing it, letters, emails and calls to representatives etc that all vastly outweighed pro-repeal voices, and still we were completely unheard or ignored. I am struggling to follow here...

EDIT: Ill use one of your statements from below to further illustrate my point:

It [the study] found that 83% of the public favored keeping net neutrality rules in place, including 75% of Republicans, 89% of Democrats, and 86% of Independents. In short, support for net neutrality rules is broad based.

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Could you post a picture of that pile? Not that I don’t believe you. It could be a motivating image for people on the fence of doing something

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Can you describe this ruckus?

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Thank you for voting for Net Neutrality. It's nice that someone cares about the voices of the people.

Do you feel that the FCC is now divided based on this decision? Were more people in the background for/against NN?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster827 points · 6 months ago

There are a lot of efforts to try and capture public opinion on net neutrality. I think one of the best came right before the vote. It was conducted by the University of Maryland. It found that 83% of the public favored keeping net neutrality rules in place, including 75% of Republicans, 89% of Democrats, and 86% of Independents. In short, support for net neutrality rules is broad based.

311 points · 6 months ago

When 75% of Republicans vote for net neutrality, but 0% (0/3) of Republicans on the FCC vote for net neutrality.

Please tell Pai and the rest that they do not represent the interests of the American people.

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95 points · 6 months ago

With such overwhelming support by the People of the US, how could the FCC possibly vote to repeal it? That is not democratic at all. I live in the US and this is a slap in the face to such a fundamental part of the country we are supposed to be.

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387 points · 6 months ago

As a foreign bystander reading those numbers, it completely baffles me that the US is considered a democracy...

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It seems the support for net neutrality is overwhelming for it. Why are we still looking for further input? What we should be doing is asking why the vote went against public support and how we fix that going forward. I believe corruption is on everyone’s mind. Maybe spend more time dealing with that.

Sounds like we need to have some recall votes then and get new representatives in there.

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Do you think a republican congress can put together and pass a Net Neutrality bill that would make net neutrality proponents happy?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster295 points · 6 months ago

Before we get to substantive legislation, we're going to see Congress try to address this issue through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA provides Congress with the ability to undo regulatory action it disagrees with. It's a long and hard road ahead, but there is undeniably momentum for the CRA. Right now, I believe there are more than 40 members of the Senate who have co-sponsored CRA legislation and about 80 members of the House who are doing the same.

What do you think the government's role should be in assuring broadband connectivity for every citizen? Do you believe we should consider high speed access to the Internet a human right? Why or why not?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster1.7k points · 6 months ago

Whether or not you call it a human right, there's one thing I know for certain: If you don't have access to the Internet right now, you don't have a fair shot at 21st century success.

Thank you for this comment. I'm a librarian, and it's really hard to explain to people how important access to the Internet is for tasks like job searches. A lot of the older generation still believe in mailing your resume to companies and pounding the pavement, when in fact a lot of HR departments frown upon those specific tactics nowadays and will not even consider a candidate who doesn't fill out the web application.

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149 points · 6 months ago

So why didn't you demand accountability for the "broadband for all" grants you handed out?

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31 points · 6 months ago

I am actually curious whether or not you think it should be deemed as a human right. It might be hard for you to take a hard stance in your position, but if you can’t take a hard stance, I’d love to know what some of the reasons are that would make hesitant to deem it a human right. And thank you for fighting the good and honorable battle!

And as a side question, with the rise of AI and the progression in natural language abilities of computer, what sort of tactics can be used to filter through real humans and machines?

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It's imperative to support Municipal Broadband, to fight back against the abuse of monopolistic ISPs that could control internet speech.

This is so true, I'm in the uk and you have to go online to access welfare/benefits applications and to pay utility bills. If you walk into a place asking about job vacancies, they tell you to apply online. I can't imagine how difficult it is in an area the size rural America, when we struggle in rural and impoverished pockets of the UK.

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What's your favorite Guster album? Seeing your bro tomorrow night! Similarly, are you as good of a singer as he is? Also, thank you for fighting for Net Neutrality, we appreciate your efforts.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster375 points · 6 months ago

I'm a fan of Lost and Gone Forever. Though I also like Easy Wonderful (and especially the Do You Love Me video: I suspect my parents are the only ones who can legitimately claim they have both a rocker and regulator for children.

45 points · 6 months ago

That's amazing! I did not know he was your brother.

"Lost and Gone Forever" is also the correct answer.

I know I missed the boat on this AMA, but in case you're reading this--both you and your brother are super rad. I'm sure your parents are very proud:)

First off, thank you for everything you're doing. Second of all, my question was going to be if you were related to Brian. Love Guster, and Brian just seems like a genuine salt-of-the-earth kind of guy.

Tell your parents thanks for raising a couple of great Americans!

Two Points For Honesty, madame commish

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And I thought you were cool before I knew this!

Holy shit! You voted for NN and your brother is the Thunder of the Gods! I am so humbled just to say hi to you. I’m a lawyer hoping to get into policy to follow in your footsteps by the way. Also a huge Guster fan.

Fa fa-fa fa-fa-fa-fa-fa Net will Never be the same again

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852 points · 6 months ago

Do you think without NN we will see the main ISPs continue to be top dog or will new rivals come along and act as if we still have NN?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster1.7k points · 6 months ago

We would all benefit from more competition. Today, according to FCC data about half of the households across the country have only one broadband provider. And hey, I'm one of them! We need more choices, not less.

When ISPs have been confronted about this in the past the response has been "you chose to live there, thus you had your pick of internet service providers when you chose where to live."

This seems disingenuous at best, and at worst it is organized monopolies with the intent of not having to compete each other.

Do you think you should have to move to change your ISP? Is that a reasonable line of thought?

What about municipal/community owned broadband? Many efforts have been snuffed out by large ISPs basically paying off local governments to prevent the creation of those utilities.

Why can't we get money out of politics?

Why is it legal to take money for votes?

Why isn't taking money for votes considered treason?

Start sending some of these motherfuckers to trial for treason... the first one that goes in front of a firing squad will change things.

326 points · 6 months ago

Shouldn't the government, including the fcc, stop protecting ISPs then?

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That doesn't answer the question. In your position, you must see whether there are new ISP companies opening services on the horizon. I know smaller ISPs exist.

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Why is choice not seen as the obvious solution rather than going largely ignored?

If consumers had a choice, like they do in nearly every other aspect of their lives, the issue of neutrality would be moot. The fact that the grocer Aldi mostly only carries their own store brands and will not put products made by Nabisco or Keebler on the shelves is of no concern to me, because if I truly care about buying those products there are a large number of grocery stores that can gain my business. In the same fashion if a fully neutral connection is important to me, given actual competition, there will be ISPs looking to earn business by making that offering without the need for regulation.

One of the fears is that ISPs will rate limit traffic which will negative impact competitors... like Netflix video suffering quality issues so a MSO like Comcast will be able to sell PPV movies instead. But even if we mandate that all packets are treated equally, we won't permit queueing mechanisms other than for purposes of network management, we already have seen ISPs implementing data caps which influence consumer behavior. All it takes is a 10 GB data cap and you'll see streaming video usage plummet.

Those of us who actually work on Internet backbones could also point out that if the ISPs want to treat all traffic equally such that there are no queueing mechanisms, policers or shapers, but they still want someone like Netflix to suffer, they simply just need to defer on upgrading certain paths to peers which Netflix uses for transit to that ISP. Packetloss due to congestion is fair treatment and technically non-discriminatory, even though it could be in practice very discriminatory as those paying for settlement peering wouldn't see the same packetloss due to congestion across that shared path. The neutrality rules as they were written do nothing to solve this problem other than suggest ISPs be transparent about congestion related issues.

I'd also ask if neutrality had any real teeth, why was it that during the time in which the rules were in place nothing was done about Cogent refusing to route to Google's IPv6 network. Sure Cogent isn't a residential provider, but it's been an issue for over a year and shows that a segmented Internet is possible even under the rules of neutrality by the FCC.

Comcast knows that it has captive eyeballs and wants to hold content providers hostage for this and it's all because the consumers have nowhere else to go. Competition is the only real solution and instead of being a whitewash like neutrality, it actually provides a long term solution to all of the issues that I've discussed. The FCC can make huge strides towards helping provide a competitive marketplace by pulling back on the spectrum auctions and giving the people back at least some of their EM spectrum for free use... the ISM bands are limited and crowded and the ones that have favorable propagation are too narrow for actual high speed data communications. We can also look to countries like Japan and see how unbundling the last mile residential infrastructure actually works, where there are a number of ISPs competing for consumers and the consumers win.

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This is the reason why Internet in the US costs $50 and $60 a month instead of $10-20 like the rest of the world.

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506 points · 6 months ago

Did Ajit ask you to be in his ridiculous meme infused video? I'm legit curious if he thought he could get everyone onboard with that hilarious mess

I have (cough cough) Fios 1GB and this video stutters and buffers. Hmmmmm....... Coincidence?

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53 points · 6 months ago

The irony of me not being able to watch the video from my location

132 points · 6 months ago

I've never seen this, you're awesome!

can someone get a mirror for canadians?

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I'm bummed I missed this. I watch his show all the time, love the format and you answered the questions which is always refreshing :)

That was amazing! Thank you!

‘SORRY ABOUT THAT’ this video is not available in your location.

Looks like I don’t have a shot at 21st century success

Dead serious, the video started then went back to loading as she started to speak. I thought it was a produced bit to show why this matters; slight giggle. Really the video just needed to load; slight frown

Where do we check to see if our names were used without our knowledge?

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144 points · 6 months ago

Mrs. Rosenworcel, before the repeal of Net Neutrality, I regularly called my representatives in the House and Senate. I have recently stopped because I felt it was a lost cause. Is it? What is the biggest thing I can do to ensure Net Neutrality comes back, and what can we do to ensure this isn't something we have to fight for years to come?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster215 points · 6 months ago

Not a lost cause. At all! Keep the effort ongoing. I know most elected representatives keep track of the calls they get and make note of the issues that result in the biggest ruckus. Plus, I expect that in light of the Congressional Review Act effort, there is still a lot of interest in this issue.

Is there anything we can do to ensure we will not be fighting this fight for years?

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Original Poster503 points · 6 months ago

This is hard to say. But I know that companies have the technical ability to block and throttle content. They have the business incentive to do so, too. And now the FCC has given them the legal green light to go ahead. So I'll be watching carefully. I'll bet you will be, too.

There’s a gentleman who set up a gadget based on a Raspberry Pi, it tests his broadband connection speed every 10 seconds. Any time his speed dips below the rate he paid for, the unit sends an automated e-mail to his ISP’s Customer Service Department, derailing the issue. I wish he would post a plan/software.

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55 points · 6 months ago

going to be hard to keep watch when all we see is what they want us to see thanks to FCC

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Do you like any sports?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster229 points · 6 months ago

Both of my kids are basketball enthusiasts. I love watching them on the court.

Someday you may be able to watch high school sports in 4k video as part of Comcast's "Local Sports Premium" unthrottling package for $4.99 monthly!

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141 points · 6 months ago

What do you think about the horrifically racist things people have said about Ajit Pai, as well as the numerous death threats and threats made to his family? Merits of Net Neutrality notwithstanding, do you think his treatment should be given more attention?

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
Original Poster321 points · 6 months ago

It's unacceptable. Under any circumstances.

121 points · 6 months ago

But what about the majority of complaints about him that have nothing to do with his race, but the obvious bribe he took and the fact that he sold out the entire country?

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I agree that this is unacceptable but honestly, if your going to openly shit on most of America and spit in their faces, would you expect any less? There around bound to be a few crazies in a demographic that large.

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Hi Commissioner! Thank you for all you do to support NN and being the public face of the NN movement.

As I'm sure you know, most Redditors have a very negative view of Ajit Pai, believing he's just a shill for the ISPs. My question for you is this: As someone who has works with him, do you think that Mr. Pai truly believes that repealing Net Neutrality is best for the average American?

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Hi, there. Thanks for taking the time.

My question is about the negative implications of repealing Net Neutrality. What, if any, negative economic impacts were considered by Chairman Pai in the decision to repeal? Public outcry has been a consistent element of the discussion. However, did you, Ms. Clyburn, or any of the other commissioners present assessments to demonstrate negative implications of net neutrality?

Thanks again!

Hi, Im an Irish citizen so Net Neutrality doesn’t affect me personally but I still want to do something to help, because it is ridiculously unfair to the average American citizen who is already suffering under the current government, and I have had my fair share of issues with internet providers (namely Virgin Media) and the last thing they need is more power to take advantage of customers. Its a long story but when I cancelled my contract and they realised that I wasn’t coming back they did everything in their power to squeeze every cent possible. Between phone call charges(that they told me were free), doubling my final bill, adding extra charges and taking money out of my account for “not returning my internet box” (in reality I had and had picture proof of it), i ended up paying an extra 100 euro that I have never gotten back. the only way they would return it was if I signed a new contract and that money would be taken out of my first few bills.

So my question is, as an EU citizen is there anything I can do to help fight the repeal for Net Neutrality, because if it passes there, theres every chance internet companies could fight to have it repealed in EU countries.

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It's been said by yourself and others to keep making noise about this, and that the fight isn't over. The truth is that we did make noise about this and it got ignored. Having our voice heard is simply not realistic anymore. When corruption at that level is so open and prevalent, what are we realistically supposed to do when we are blatantly ignored?

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Why has the FCC done absolutely nothing to actually break apart the monopolies and strong arm of the major ISPs? Even two or three major ISPs with a simple non-compete forms a monopoly which is just cancer to the consumers.

What about all the money that was paid out for the foundation which was never actually placed, and now they’re looking to double-dip?

A slap on the wrist fine for them to break your rules... but the money they get doing so far outweighs your fine?

But as long as the characters on SWAT don’t swear on TV right?

413 points · 6 months ago

Do you think there is now potential for political or other censorship on the part of the major ISPs?

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the mega-telecoms failed to use that $400,000,000,000 (billion) in taxpayer money to build out nationwide gigabit internet.

its been nearly 2 decades and its not done.
the USA is frequently #25th or worse in the world for internet quality and access, how embarrasing!

instead we have fake competition and mega-corps suing townships to stall local installations of real internet.

and now were hearing "wifi is the new broadband" as a coming standard change so they can skirt the rules of the tax breaks.

also they're planning to break up our access into CableTv style packages and sell us all the data in smaller pieces.

what can be done to remove the corporate charters of these evil companies, so we can have accountability and REAL change for the future of this country?

Do you personally believe that Ajit Pai knows better, and voted the way he did due to personal ties with special interests?

What is your prediction as to how the congressional vote will stand on the FCC ruling?

Do you think the massive backlash (including memes) has gotten to Ajit Pai, or has his inner villain lawyer demon taken over him as to endlessly feed of the haters...

How do you look at that bastard's dumb smug grin without punching him every single day?

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As someone who buys access to the internet both as a residential consumer, and as a professional: why can't we just make the last mile publicly owned, and let transit providers compete in the residential market the same way they've been competing for decades in the datacenters?

In the datacenters that host my servers: I have a choice to buy transit from sometimes up to half a dozen different providers. They bill me fair prices based on the amount of bandwidth I've actually used (95th percentile billing, etc.) and they are constantly upgrading their networks to offer additional capacity.

In contrast with my residential ISP: I only have three options, and all of them use different technologies, so if I make my selection based on technical criteria I really only have one provider that's even remotely viable for the work I do. (LTE Wireless vs. cable's DOCSIS vs. the telcos VDSL) -- My chosen ISP has offered me the same speed package for nearly 4 years with no upgrade path in sight, and another provider in my area imposes data caps (which don't even make sense as a method of congestion control.)

As a professional it's quite irritating to live in these two completely disparate worlds. At the datacenter my usage is metered and billed as such, just as my water or power at home are metered. The cost model matches the economic realities of the infrastructure, and it clearly makes transit providers enough money for them to fill the market with competition, expansion, and innovation.

Do the other FCC members treat you differently because of your decisions?

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Why is S. Korea's interwebs so much faster? What do they do differently technologically and politically? Could/should we follow in their footsteps?

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If Reddit collectively donated $100,000 to the charity of your choice, would you give Ajit Pai a hard, unexpected kick in the dick?

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34 points · 6 months ago

If the internet was changed to be a utility would that side step FCC?

What are the reasons that the 3x FCC people to vote to get rid of NN?

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Is Ajit Pai as much of an asshole as he seems?

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What do you think of Ajit Pai, as a person? I suspect you're too circumspect and professional to let us know your true feelings about Ajit Pai and his corporate shilling, so... don't reply to this if you find him as disgusting as the rest of us do.

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You tell us not to trust ISPs, but you never explain why we should trust a small handful of unaccountable bureaucrats on an agency with a history of censorship of other media to have unlimited regulatory control over broadband internet behind closed doors. I know Redditors don't need convincing when it comes to handing bureaucrats unlimited power, but can you pretend like we're not on Reddit and explain why I should trust you and your buddies? Why did you require the unlimited power you were given in 2015 vs the limited powers you already had to enforce net neutrality principals? If you guys somehow came to the conclusion that your power over the internet wasn't enough to enforce basic net neutrality principals (despite the fact that you already were enforcing net neutrality principals), how does it stand to reason that the next step is the unlimited power you were granted in 2015 by reclassifying broadband providers as "common carriers"? Would you be in favor of every other government agency being granted unlimited power if it is determined that their limited powers are too limited in some arbitrary way?

Is Ajit Pai as much of a cunt as we all think he is?

Do you think there are any good arguments for ending net neutrality that you have sympathized with? Surely with so much circular thought on this topic, there have to be good counter points?

I'm honestly curious, because I both support yet...also don't support THIS iteration of Net Neutrality with Title 2. I have to ask, why hand the keys of the internet in America, solely to the United States Government? I mean, we do, have laws against monopolization, so...I it, ending like most of the internet would have us believe? Now granted, I love the idea of every ISP not being able to throttle internet speeds one way or another, but, I feel would work better with...transparency from companies like Verizon, Comcast, Google, YouTube, Amazon, Twitch, the internet giants, about how, if, and when they do throttle it. The market would have a major hussy fit, thus discouraging this type of behavior from companies...thoughts?

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Net neutrality didn’t exist before the Obama administration, and the internet seemed to be just fine then. Why is it all of the sudden a big deal now?

23 points · 6 months ago

Is Ajit Pai as much of a douchebag in person as he appears to be from afar?

Why is it so bad to have cuss words on radio and nudity on public tv? Who are we saving and from what? Kids? The internet has everything covered.

16 points · 6 months ago

Are the arguments against net neutrality valid in any way? Or are the motivations of those voting to get rid of it really as transparently partisan and self-serving as they seem? I have yet to hear a good reason as to why anyone would want to vote against this.

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3 points · 6 months ago

What happens to the billions of dollars that was promised to provide fiber optic internet that we will never receive? Is there a way for us to fight for that after we secure NN? Thank you for your support and thanks in advance for the reply!

You’re two coworkers who voted against it.. are they normal? Describe them.. do they truly believe net neutrality is bad and can support their claim, are they being bought, or are they just plain old delusional?

This is more of a personal question: Why do you feel net neutrality is challenged so often over the past few years? Based on your experience and standpoint do you see this more as a political issue or a corporate/business issue?

Do you believe after so many net neutrality uproars that American citizens know what it stands for?

Thank you for what you have done towards supporting net neutrality. Going the extra mile to address the reddit community with an AMA is very welcomed. I hope you sleep well at night knowing you are representing millions of voices and fighting the good fight.

Will Repealing have a negative impact on cryptocurrency or the future of cryptocurrencies?

Why do you dismiss ATSC 3.0 as unimportant? I think not only net neutrality needs to be worried about, we also need to make sure we meet or exceed the technical progress of the Europeans

I am not from the US. Should I be worried about this?

How do you feel about the overwhelming influence special interest groups have in American democracy? It seems the interests of the people have almost no effect on policy.

Previous Net Neutrality legislation and regulations have been about carriers picking winners and losers among other companies by who was willing to pay for access to their networks, and more recently, the attempt to classify those carriers as public utilities to prevent that.

What do you think about the recent revelations that other companies such as Google and Twitter, that are so large as to be essentially the only players in their field, providing or denying service based on the political ideology of their users?

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I would not have graduated school without the internet. Can we enact a law that prevents throttling of anything on the internet that is considered learning material?

Do you know of any particular reason Pai voted against, that he wasn’t public about, but discussed with you or the other commissioners?

I think its interesting that the same week our US FCC voted down net neutrality, the Canadian's FCC voted to allow Canadian broadcasters freedom to use dirty words. You know the words. What are your thoughts on that? It seems USA continues to be pro-censorship and the Canadians more pro-freedom.

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Those who don't know history are bound to repeat it...

Are you aware the landline telecommunication corporations massive lobbying impeded cell phone technology from advancement and implementation for over a decade?

Do you not see that by supporting suppressive govt regulation over the internet, you're a pawn in this generation's crony capitalist disease?

Thank you for supporting net neutrality.

What do you think people like me (just an ordinary HS student with a passion for programming and web design) can do in the fight for net neutrality? What can the average American do to make a difference?

Why do you think govt should pick winners and losers and not markets? Why not stimulate competition by removing govt interference and sweet heart deals between govt and large corporations instead?

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Question: one of the main problems with internet in America as I understand it, being from Sweden I might be wrong so feel free teen to enlighten me is the local monopoly on infrastructure in large parts of the country.

This is what enables cable companies (TV-Cable) to set ridiculous rates, limit trafic per month etc.

To what extent is the local and federal government building infrastructure and if not who is? I'm guessing private companies like VERIZON, AT&T, and bell laboratories if I'm not mistaken.

What are you doing to either incentvise these companies to build more infrastructure? How does the legislation look for small ISPs to be created by for example a suburban homeowners group to dug their own fiber to their houses and start providing internet access to the area?

Sweden is a bit different and I'm not saying it's all good but when the internet boom happened aprons the 2000 is and the move from phone based services like ISDN and DSL we had two things happen. Each city built their own local fiber network, it was then connected to the national grid witch was largely built by scannova (former part of Telia) thus had massive government funding and I'm thinking that might not be something that happens in America.

But we also had several large networks rum by the largest ISPs. They all understood the value of being able to connect to other isps networks so they created something called back finber.

It's essentially a network of fiber networks owned by several private entities that allows customers to choose any of the isps that are connected to the network regardless of who actually owns the network in your part of town. We didn't even have any laws about net neutrality until they where shoved at us by the EU a few years back, simply because they where not needed. The market solved the problem.

So how are you going to get companies to build this essential infrastructure of you are going to dictate to them how they are going to be able to capitalise on that investment?

Do you see the danger in regulating the services to much that it night drive off investment?

And what have you done to let people sort itself out by building their own networks.

Thank you.

The comments like "$99.99 per YouTube video. This is what happens without net neutrality" are obviously exaggerated, but how far do you think ISPs will go in extortion?

Do you think that ISPs will start censoring stuff to do with politics?

And as a European, how much do you think we will be affected?

What, if any, positives do you see from repealing net neutrality? Did you consider any of these?

Why is none of the stuff people were saying is going to happen happening? Is net neutrality still in effect or do these companies just need a little time to set up their schemes? Why didn't they employ these dastardly tactics from the nineties till 2015, before net neutrality was legislated?

3 points · 6 months ago

Why do you think the fcc should control the net over the ftc?

I saw more censorship once the fcc was in charge than i ever did with the ftc, plus i didnt like the fact the fcc can mandate licensing for anyone under its jurisdiction.

What was in place to prevent abuses like that? I have been unable to locate any law or rule that would prevent abuses by the fcc punishing those with non approved thoughts.

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Why do you think the other 3 voted to end Net Neutrality? I know why Ajit Pai does, but what about the other two? And, why does it seem like a lot of Republicans want to end Net Neutrality as well?

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Hey I just wanted to know if it's ok for me to leave a comment just to say thank you?

From my understanding, the reason Net Neutrality is an issue was because the FCC found that enforcing Net Neutrality was not within it’s jurisdiction. Why is that exactly? Where exactly does the FCC’s jurisdiction lie according to legal paperwork?

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How can something that 99% of the average citizens are against even be considered?

Do we, the people, even have a voice in this?

If we do, then why is it a topic at all? If everyone in the country is against it, it should be a dead issue...

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I'm wondering what your opinions of the commissioners who voted against Net Neutrality are? If you feel it would be inappropriate or are uncomfortable commenting on your colleagues, I apologize. I'm just curious as to whether or not these are people standing on some laissez-faire principle, or if they're people who stand to benefit from these changes.

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If all other efforts fail, what's to stop the FCC from re-instating net neutrality when the FCC is no longer Republican-controlled? And for that matter, if there's nothing to stop them from flipping back and forth, how nervous are the providers to make investments in controlling the traffic if their right to do so can be taken away easily?

When considering what we know about how Section 702 is used to spy on Americans and what came out during the Snowden leaks. How can we possibly trust a governmental agency like the FCC to keep a fair and open internet?

Commissioner, is there any plans to address the bots faking support of the repeal of net Neutrality?

I searched the database and it's amazing that my dead grandmother posted about it five months after she passed away.

Do you feel there are any pros for consumers in the repeal of net neutrality rules?

Have companies such as Comcast already started to take away some of your privileges? If yes, what have they taken away so far? If no, when do you believe they will start?

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What was the most effective propaganda technique you found for duping so many millennials into believing central government planning of internet traffic rather than consumer choice is favorable for them?

Jessica, I am not a supporter of Net Neutrality but unlike the other side I do respect the opinion of those that disagree with me. When you were considering your vote do you take into account the law of unintended consequences? Why do this now when there isnt a need for it?

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Do you ever drink pickle juice straight from the jar?

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What do you have to say about the pre 2015 net neutrality rulings on comcasts throttling of Bittorrent? With the repeal of net neutrality will overturn this 2008 FCC ruling?

Does Ajit Pai seem to care at all about just how many people despise him?

3 points · 6 months ago

Can you explain how the internet became the incredible bastion of capitalism for 30+ years without ever needing some bogus US laws called Net Neutrality?

And did you also feel Obama giving away ICANN was an equally amazing thing for the USA?

Why won't you tell the truth about yourself? That you're a puppet and behind closed doors are being paid to just keep shut and listen to those in power. It's all a scheme set up so the people think their is some good up their fighting for the people, when in reality it's all a facade. So the people don't feel their is 100% corruption in the government.

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How are there people who believe that net neutrality would hurt us? I mean, the term literally includes the word “neutral” within.

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How do you feel about the market valuation of labor that is taking place right now? Why isn't that market value even acknowledged and why is it overshadowed by this corporate greed taking place?

Basically, the communication companies (at&t, Sprint, Verizon etc) are upset that these online companies (netflix, amazon etc) are paying a standard rate for using their "pipes" while making more profit than said communication companies. This "argument" should highlight the impact of the labor that takes place with regards to the installation and maintenance of these "pipes" and the digital economy that would not exist without the underpaid labor that allows it too exist.

America's digital economy is worth almost a TRILLION dollars ($986BN). The average cable dog makes probably less than $20 an hour, yet is collectively responsible for the infrastructure that allows this to take place. Where is the love?


Is the FCC going to do anything about Google Facebook Twitter silencing conservative voices?

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This probably won't get answered... but to the people that really care about net neutrality, it looks as tho Ajit Pai, having formerly worked for Verizon (which is a huge conflict of interest BTW), blatantly ignored the will of the people and sided with big telecom. It is absolutely no secret that big telecom has spent millions of dollars lobbying against NN. So to us it's pretty darn obvious that his vote was bought and paid for. Would you say there's any truth to that?

How are you handling all the dead bodies from people dying after net neutrality was repealed?

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Why does Ajit go against what the people want?

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How has the atmosphere within the FCC developed or changed, since the vote. How public opinion made a difference in attitudes?

Also, thanks for the AMA!

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