One of the ironies about the Federal Communications Commission’s recent clarification of its Net Neutrality stance is that everyone has an opinion on the issue despite the fact that virtually no one has seen the commission’s actual proposal.
The FCC reserves the right to keep documents private until the issues they concern go into formal rulemaking. That day, for Net Neutrality, will be Dec. 21. That’s when the FCC plans to hold a meeting and set its policy regarding the ability of Internet service providers to discriminate between different kinds of content and applications online.
In other words, the general public won’t see the FCC’s detailed Net Neutrality proposal until Dec. 21 when the issue comes up for vote—or, more likely, after the vote is tallied.That's from Elizabeth Woyke's "Does The Public Have The Right To See The FCC's Net Neutrality Proposal?" (Forbes). Is that not outrageous? It's worse than I feared. And when I was blogging last night, I was afraid I was sounding alarms about a vote at the start of January prematurely. Tuns out, I had nothing to fear, nothing at all. Because as bad as I thought it was, it's much, much worse.
I can't believe it. They're planning on doing a vote this month.
And we don't have a right to know what the proposal they'll be voting on actually says?
Who the hell do they represent it because they're not representing the people.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"