Video above published Apr 30, 2017: There have only been two occasions when Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak felt he needed to fly to Washington, DC for an important ruling and they both involved decisions on net neutrality. If you're not familiar with the concept — net neutrality is the idea that all information moving across the internet should be treated equally. On the other hand, internet service providers like Verizon and AT&T believe that if a video streaming site wants to ensure speedy delivery of their content, they should have to pay more for access to a high-speed internet fast lane. We spoke with Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak to find out why he believes net neutrality is so important. Following is a transcript of the video.
I twice in my life flew to Washington, DC to be at a meeting where an important decision was coming down and it was two rulings on net neutrality, and I was present in the audience. And that probably says enough about my own feelings. I'm also one of the founders of the EFF. And I always favor those who don't have money, the people who are attending our comic-con, I favor them over the people who have money and power and wealth.Like big companies — be it Google, be it even Apple, I always favor the small one and net neutrality kind of ensures the big guys will have a route in. Look who our President is going to look to for advice and the advice he's going to get is “let us rule, let us rule the internet and let us have lower taxes” and that just fights against the little guy.May 18, 2017 Open Commission Meeting | Federal Communications Commission | fcc.gov:
10:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT, Room TW-C305, 445 12th Street S.W., Washington, DC.
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FCC Meeting Agenda Item 6: "Restoring Internet Freedom: The Commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to restore the Internet to a light-touch regulatory framework by classifying broadband Internet access service as an information service and by seeking comment on the existing rules governing Internet service providers' practices. (WC Docket No. 17-108)."
Current FCC Chairman: Ajit Pai serves with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Commissioner Michael O'Rielly. There are two vacancies on the FCC, who will be appointed by President Trump and confirmed by the United States Senate for five-year terms. The U.S. President also designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman (in this case President Trump has already so designated Ajit Pai).
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Public Notice: Sunshine Period in the Restoring Internet Freedom Proceeding Begins
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