At the very least we should be able to see the new ‘Net neutrality’ rules

Public comments on proposed Net neutrality rules, form last summer.  Source:NPR.com
Public comments on proposed Net neutrality rules, from last summer.
Source:NPR.org

We should be able to see the rules before things start happening officially. I think we’ve all had enough of the “we’ll find out what’s in it when it goes into effect” bit. If there is nothing of concern in the rules then the FCC and the administration need not worry. The public generally is pro “net neutrality” (though most, including many people making decisions in Washington, don’t really have a good grasp of the concept). So it might be an easy win.

We have been generally critical of the administration’s push.

But whatever side of the issue I think everyone can agree that seeing the rules, letting the public vet the rules, before they go into effect would be a good thing to do. Let’s hope Chairman Wheeler is listening.

Why would the administration want to keep the rules secret?

(From The USAToday)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who’s also the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter today to Wheeler, questioning whether the FCC has been “independent, fair and transparent” in crafting the rules to protect content on the Internet.

“Although arguably one of the most sweeping new rules in the commission’s history, the process was conducted without using many of the tools at the chairman’s disposal to ensure transparency and public review,” he said.

Chaffetz urged Wheeler to publicly release the 332-page draft order that was given to the other four commissioners nearly three weeks ago and appear at a House Oversight hearing Wednesday before a vote at the FCC’s monthly meeting Thursday.

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