One activist calls FCC’s proposal “a nail in the coffin” for American innovation.
WASHINGTON, DC—As the Federal Communications Commission was considering new net neutrality rules, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the meeting Thursday morning to protest FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal.
Others at the rally, like Scott Beiban, a Philadelphia-based artist and technologist, told us, “As an artist making use of innovations like cryptocurrency, I find net neutrality to be a very important issue. If the FCC allows companies like Comcast and Time Warner to dictate the means by which information flows, it will be a nail in the coffin for American innovation.”
“We work at a technology company for schools and nonprofits,” Vanessa Holub and Elizabeth Rose, of Baltimore-based information technology services company Civilization Systems, told us. “Our clients can’t afford to have a two-tiered system. Independent news agencies and poor school kids would feel the brunt of this attack.”
Those wanting to express their arguments against (or support for) the FCC proposal can submit comments to the FCC by going here and clicking on the link to the left of the words, “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.”