How to Yell at the FCC About How Much You Hate Its Net Neutrality Rules

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Though it's been a few months since the FCC voted to move forward with its horrible net neutrality rules, we're now getting close to the finish line. The (extended) public comment period ends September 10, and the future of the internet is at stake. In fact, it's up to you. "But how do I comment?" you ask, "How do I politely but firmly express my rage as a member of the public?" Let us show you the way.

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This post originally appeared on Gizmodo on May 15th. We've been reposting it until the public comment period ends on September 10th.

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Step one: Visit FCC.gov/comments and find the proceeding with the title "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet." It should be the one on top and should also have over 20,000 filings in the last 30 days.

Step Two: Click the proceeding number "14-28." You can also try to click this direct link, though it might not work every time. This will take you to the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System. It looks a little janky, but hey, the government built it.

Step Three: Fill out the form. Write about your feelings. Express your concerns. Air your grievances. Provide your real name and address. Hope for the best.

Step Four: Click "Continue" and make sure you like what you wrote. If you don't you can modify your comment. If you do, click "Confirm."

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Illustration for article titled How to Yell at the FCC About How Much You Hate Its Net Neutrality Rules

We asked the FCC what actually happens to these comments, after you send them off into cyberspace. This is their response in full:

To be clear: the NPRM approved by the FCC today has tentative conclusions on which we're seeking comment, and many broad questions that we are seeking comment on. Once the comment period closes, we review the comments and apply them and the law to our proposals / questions, to come up with final rules. The Chairman has a goal for voting on final rules by the end of the year. Right now, it's just proposals.

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The initial public comment period lasts until July 15 and reply comments will be accepted until September 10. But you might as well get started now while the news is fresh. Do let us know how it goes!

Illustration by Dan Stuckey

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Your website URL is FCC.gov. Do you know why it ends in "Dot" "GOV"? It is because your organization is part of the government of the United States of America. This governing body is made up of our peers that we have voted into office to serve the better good of the public. Your current actions do not reflect what is good for the public, our freedoms, and our rights. Your actions endanger the very nature of the internet. Freedom of speech in the purest kind. Where no voice can be silenced. Where a single voice can grow into a thousand screams for justice and overthrow cruel governments as we have seen in the Arab Spring. You are being brought to your knees by greedy Corporations whose sole purpose is to enrich themselves. You have let yourselves bend to their will. And by doing so ignore your primary objective. SERVE THE PEOPLE. You have failed for the last time. You failed to investigate the claims of illegal wiretapping by the NSA (and by doing so failed to protect our freedoms). You have failed us again by letting greed supersede what is right and just. I hereby call for the complete deconstruction of the FCC. You are incapable of doing, or listening, to the will of the people who not only pay for your checks, but you are under oath to protect. Therefore you serve no purpose. Let me remind you of your original charter which you have clearly forgotten.

"regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States a rapid, efficient, nationwide, and worldwide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges"

In my eyes you have failed to represent the interests of the people. You don't need to be held responsible since your organized clearly does not understand what responsibility means. You need to disappear. Dissolve.

I, citizen of the United States of America Daniel Murray, call for the dissolution of the FCC, a freeze on all current regulations and charters regarding communication etc., and the creation of a new organization to take its place.

You are broken. Like many parts of our government beyond repair.