FCC Can’t Handle All The Phone Calls They Are Getting. Call Them!
Keeping making telephone calls to the FCC and demanding net neutrality. The FCC is reporting they cannot handle the volume of telephone calls.
You can also write them at email@example.com to express your outrage about the threat to net neutrality.
1. Reclassify the Internet as a common carrier so it can be regulated in the public interest.
2. Put net neutrality into law so we all have equal access to all of the Internet.
3. Remove restrictions on municipalities and other local governments that want to create their own public Internet service.
Finally, we will be back out occupying the FCC this week. If you can be in Washington, DC please join us. We are camped at the 1201 Maine Ave SW entrance of the FCC right around the corner from their main entrance at 445 12th Street, SW.
The FCC can’t handle all the net neutrality calls it’s getting, urges people to write emails instead
By Brad Reed
The Federal Communications Commission would rather read your thoughts about net neutrality than hear about them. Columbia Law School professor and leading net neutrality activist Tim Wu points out that calling the FCC’s main consumer hotline will give you a message that asks you to write an email to the commission if you’re calling about FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s controversial net neutrality plans. This seemingly indicates that either the FCC is being flooded with calls about net neutrality that its operators can’t handle them all or it just is tired of hearing everyone call about net neutrality and would like to see them send emails instead. Either way, it looks as though people are speaking up about the issue.
This week has been a very bad one for Wheeler’s proposal that would create Internet “fast lanes” that would let Internet service providers charge companies more to ensure faster traffic delivery. Several big-name tech companies this week — including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Netflix — wrote a joint letter to the FCC telling it to back off any plan that would create a two-tiered Internet and instead urged it to adopt policies that would not only protect against blocking of websites but also the Internet’s traditional architecture where all packets are delivered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
What’s more, two FCC commissioners have come out and said that they want to delay voting on Wheeler’s proposal, which is scheduled to take place at an FCC meeting on May 15th. However, with at least two commissioners seeking to delay the vote and expressing opposition to parts of Wheeler’s plan, it remains unclear whether Wheeler will even have the votes to get his plan passed even if he decides not to table it.