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10 Reasons Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality


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It's Decision Time
Comedian John Oliver's tirade triggered a deluge of comments to the FCC website over net neutrality. Jemal Countess/Getty Images
Comedian John Oliver's tirade triggered a deluge of comments to the FCC website over net neutrality. Jemal Countess/Getty Images

The final and most important reason to care about net neutrality right now is that it's still up for debate.

The FCC released a proposed set of rule changes on May 15, 2014 in a long document called Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet. Starting on that date, the general U.S. public has the opportunity to post comments on the new net neutrality rules for 120 days, after which the FCC will take a final vote on the matter.

The FCC public comment website has received a deluge of posts — more than 134,000 in the month of June 2014. In comparison, the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner has received just 11,224 comments in the same time period [source: FCC]. The flood of comments were triggered by comedian John Oliver's R-rated rant on his HBO program Last Week Tonight. Oliver's hilarious tirade went viral on YouTube and the crush of traffic to the FCC comment page temporarily crashed the site [source: Gross].

If you have a strong opinion on the future of the open Internet, let your voice be heard by posting a comment to the FCC. Before you do, though, you might want to read the public statements of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, both of whom voice ardent support of an open and free Internet.