(sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, a mailbox specifically for public comments about Net Neutrality)
UPDATE: MAY 27, 2014 A RESPONSE FROM THE CHAIRMAN! (pasted at the bottom)
"To Whom It May Concern regarding Net Neutrality (and the so called "Fast Lane") and the regulation of ISP's as Common Carriers
The Internet is becoming the most widely, Internationally accepted form of public communication and discourse, and is also considered an inalienable right by many countries for their citizens. The US, however, in recent administrations, has continued to treat the Internet as strictly a commodity, an "information service", and thus far has shown no interest in keeping the playing field fair and free from monopolies, oligarchs, and the kind of price-fixing that the Anti-Trust laws were designed to prevent. This "simple commodity" view is narrow minded, and damaging to the public discourse of any future generation. The technologies that will soon facilitate most higher-learning also carry television, movies, music, information, sports-casts, news, emergency messages, and more, and to say that an ISP can stamp out a University online course, classroom stream, sports game, news feed, or community communication in the same way that it can stamp out Netflix or Hulu because the ISP also happens to own several TV stations and media outlets, is unfathomable and reprehensible.
These ISP's SHOULD be regulated as Common Carriers. They should also NOT own media content provider companies (although at this point separating them could take a decade or more). I would also propose that NO future FCC committee member have ties, present or past (15 years at least) to any media company, ISP, radio or TV station, or telecommunications company. This, in my mind, creates a dangerous, oligarchical conflict of interest. Since the Chairman is a direct Obama appointee, that specific error falls directly on the President. This is the equivalent of putting an oil company exec in charge of the Department of the Interior, a Monsanto exec in charge of the USDA, or a wall-street insider that worked in one of the companies indicted in the wake of the housing crises in charge of the FHA or Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac.
Need I remind the committee of the shenanigans of MCI World Com and AT&T of decades past. Any free market has the potential of immense greed and social damage without proper regulation. Ask anyone who lost their homes in 2008 or 2009.
Thank you very much for contacting us about the ongoing Open Internet proceeding. We're hoping to hear from as many people as possible about this critical issue, and so I'm very glad that we can include your thoughts and opinions.
I'm a strong supporter of the Open Internet, and I will fight to keep the internet open. Thanks again for sharing your views with me.
Federal Communications Commission