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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: https://imgur.com/a/aRHQf

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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.

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Original Poster376 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k-VAlIPzKg). I suspect my parents are the only ones who can legitimately claim they have both a rocker and regulator for children.

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.

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Original Poster2.9k 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 broadbandfail@fcc.gov and let me know your stories. You can be a part of fixing this infrastructure problem.

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