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FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.
In the ongoing campaign to strengthen the FCC’s current net neutrality proposal, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn met on Thursday in Philadelphia with net neutrality supporters to hear the rising call from the public—an urge for large, open field hearings on the proposed net neutrality rules.

Our partners at Free Press delivered more than 100,000 people along with a letter on behalf of the Writer’s Guild of America East and the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

If we had public field hearings, members of the FCC could meet with the public to address concerns over the FCC’s current net “neutrality” proposal—which still leaves room for telecom providers like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and Cox to carve the internet into fast and slow lanes.  

As of now, there are no plans for such events. While Chairman Wheeler and the other commissioners have speaking engagements and travel plans on the books, these are generally small or invite-only events, which do not focus on the net neutrality proposal.

Please read below the fold for more on this story.

Public field hearings would be an opportunity for the public to voice concerns over the flawed proposal that has been set forth by Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Commissioner Clyburn has prided herself on being an advocate for those who don’t have a voice in Washington, D.C. and she has a record to prove it. She has lead on issues that impact communities of color and those in rural America and we hope that she will continue this tradition by taking a lead role in shaping stronger net neutrality rules which would classify the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

After all, it was Title II that helped spur the buildout of telephone infrastructure to rural America and marginalized communities who were not being served by the telecom providers.

On the afternoon of July 7, more than 130,000 comments from the Daily Kos community have been filed in the net neutrality docket urging the FCC to hold large, open public field hearings about creating stronger net neutrality rules.

Please send a message to the FCC inviting them to hold large, open public field hearings on net neutrality. It’s time for the commission to get away from the telecom lobbyists and talk to the public.

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  •  Done. (13+ / 0-)

    I've never left a blank space on a ballot... but I will not vote for someone [who vows] to spy on me. I will not do it. - dclawyer06

    Trust, but verify. - Reagan
    Vote, but Occupy. - commonmass

    by Words In Action on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 12:11:20 PM PDT

  •  Excellent! Similarly, we need to have TV (8+ / 0-)

    camera--much more than now--watch every move OUR public officials ala a reality show.  I guarantee the number of lobbyist visits and vacations would diminish.

    But back the FCC net neutrality, there probably is nothing more important than winning this battle against the 1% control.

    Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

    by Einsteinia on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 12:20:52 PM PDT

  •  Don't need a public hearing. Don't need any kind (6+ / 0-)

    of hearing.

    What could be more obvious than the proposition that there can only be one internet? One internet for you, one internet for me, one internet for everybody.  The internet is no place for gated communities and fast lanes.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 12:37:06 PM PDT

    •  fast lanes are okay (1+ / 0-)
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      The problem is that we are not getting the "addition" of fast lanes.  Instead they will slow down some traffic so other traffic can be faster in comparison.

      If companies want a fast lane, they should pay for the necessary expansion, not require. in effect, a subsidy from users.  Users are already paying for the service

      It is occasionally said that Democrats lose because they do not offer people something to vote for. However, it is not at all clear that this is the case

      by GideonAB on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 02:54:24 PM PDT

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  •  Obama Govt will vote corporations (1+ / 0-)
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    over and over again.  Quit thinking that he will vote for you.  He's a subsidiary of Goldman Sach.

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 12:43:08 PM PDT

    •  All things considered... (1+ / 0-)
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      I imagine that Obama's incredibly limited powers do not extend to what amounts to minutiae in the form of FCC governance.  He can't even get fundamental laws passed in the House.  

      You attribute way too much authority to the POTUS position.  Corporate america has MUCH more power than he does when it comes to consumer regulations.

      What's the difference between the Federal government and organized crime? One's legally sanctioned.

      by FrankenPC on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 12:51:34 PM PDT

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      •  Pres Ray-Gun's FCC removed equal time law (2+ / 0-)
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        prfb, Noah Andersen

        you don't think Ray-Gun had something to do with that?

        80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

        by Churchill on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 01:32:41 PM PDT

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      •  He appointed the comcast tool (4+ / 0-)

        And has vastly expanded the executive powers that the   bushies grabbed. If he has no authority what good is he? I've noticed he uses his powers selectivity, but seems to have no problem using it to kill people. or deregulate/privatize  every damn thing in sight. Appointments are another power he could use to help the common good and the rule of law but instead we get the likes of Geithner Brennan, Goolsby, Simpson, Chase, the Monsanto dude the GE job czar and this clown from Comcast.  Limited my ass. Power to the corporations was/is ceded by this Democratic administration and the by the Clinton administration. He and the Clinton's are true believer free market ideologues. They nver met a deregulation privatizing act that they didn't embrace. Why vote for a Dem. if you think they have no power? how bizarre.

        •  exactly right (3+ / 0-)

          Obama has the power.  He is just not using it in the right way

          It is occasionally said that Democrats lose because they do not offer people something to vote for. However, it is not at all clear that this is the case

          by GideonAB on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 02:56:01 PM PDT

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        •  Why vote for a dem? (0+ / 0-)

          The alternative is too terrible to even think about.  That's why.

          Look, if Obama has power like you claim, then he's choosing not to use it.  And that means one of two things:  Either he's a coward, or he's a closet Republican.  I don't want to believe either one.

          What's the difference between the Federal government and organized crime? One's legally sanctioned.

          by FrankenPC on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 11:28:39 PM PDT

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