Updated at 9:32 a.m. to reflect the FCC’s vote and to include statements from lawmakers.
Today is the day.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is scheduled to propose rule changes that could end the open Internet as we know it and create a fast lane for Internet service providers willing to pay a premium. (Read The Seattle Times’ May 11 and May 13 editorials. Share your thoughts on the Opinion Northwest blog.)
The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (7:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time). View streaming video on the FCC’s website.
Members of the Federal Communications Commission. Left to right: Ajit Pai, Mignon Clyburn, Chairman Tom Wheeler, Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O’Rielly. (Photo courtesy FCC)
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Here in Washington, a rally associated with the watchdog group Free Press is scheduled for Thursday at noon. Here are the details, via MoveOn.org:
Seattle FCC Office, 11410 NE 122nd Way (Map)
Kirkland, WA 98034
Thursday, May 15
Rally scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Elected officials unite in opposition to net neutrality (This section will be updated as lawmakers’ responses are received.)
On May 9, 10 U.S. senators (not including Washington’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell) sent a letter to Wheeler, strongly urging the FCC to pursue a rule-making process that ensures the Internet remains “open to all, and making sure that Internet access is free from the threat of blocking, discrimination, and pay-to-play schemes.” To U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell‘s credit, she offered the following statement in a April 24 press release: