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Crowdfunded Ads Appear Ahead of Net Neutrality Vote

 1:39 pm on May 14, 2014 (gmt 0)

I'm surprised to see offline ads as i would have thought it'd be online advertising.

Crowdfunded ads that aim to put pressure on a US regulator before it proposes new net neutrality rules have appeared in Washington DC.

The campaign was organised by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

It urges people to phone the watchdog and oppose it allowing telecom firms to charge for prioritised data delivery.Crowdfunded Ads Appear Ahead of Net Neutrality Vote [bbc.co.uk]

FCC Set To Address Criticism Over Proposed Rules On Net Neutrality [webmasterworld.com]

Tech Businesses Unite To Oppose FCC Changes On Net Neutrality [webmasterworld.com]



 1:19 pm on May 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

Here's some more from [time.com...]

The Federal Communications Commission is poised to vote on the most controversial Internet policy proposal in years, after opponents of the plan — from both sides of the political spectrum — launched a furious last-minute lobbying campaign to influence the outcome.

Net neutrality advocates have been camping out for days in front of the FCC’s office, which has struggled to maintain open phone lines under a torrent of calls. Wheeler, an avowed supporter of Open Internet principles, came out to chat with the protestors on Wednesday morning, and was even photographed wielding a “Honk for the Open Internet” sign.


 4:39 pm on May 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

From the linked details about the "furious last-minute lobbying campaign to influence the outcome":
“Since Wheeler’s proposal was first reported in the media we’ve sent hundreds of calls to the FCC on a daily basis,” says Tim Karr, senior director of strategy at D.C.-based public-interest group Free Press, a longtime Net-neutrality-advocacy group.

In my opinion, this is a poorly planned move that does little to help voice their opinion. The FCC has publicized the email address to send input, opinions and feedback that will be considered in their ruling. If you phone the FCC, they will tell you the email address, but they will not accept phone input, opinions or feedback. So reddit has mobilized lots of people and misled them all as to how to make their voices heard. Moaning, whining, yelling or complaning to phone operators at the FCC are not ways to make your opinion count. That is a disservice to them because the opposing views are well funded and following the appropriate steps that can influence decisions.


 6:20 pm on May 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

Even if the FCC isn't taking phone traffic, the fact that it even exists, and is constant, will tell. It is an input of sorts, which can be measured.

Fax also works.

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