The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has released a new video comparing the Federal Communications Commission’s new plans for Internet "fast lanes" to "the laggiest game you’ve ever played." The video, made by animation firm Pixel Valley Studio, delivers the liberal group's call for members (and the Internet community at large) to sign a petition urging the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a public utility like telephone service.
Doing so would allow the agency to use Title II of the Telecommunications Act to regulate the sector. Without that reclassification, the agency has no authority over broadband providers – according to the Appeal Court ruling in Verizon v. FCC. In that case Verizon won because a panel of judges determined that the FCC has no authority under the law.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has been protesting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s current plans for net neutrality rules through the website www.NoSlowLane.com, which debuted earlier this month. They highlight the promise President Obama made during his 2008 campaign that he would only support FCC commissioners who believed in the concept, which calls for all traffic to be treated equally online.
Wheeler’s current proposal would allow Internet providers to charge content providers such as Netflix for faster access to customers.
So far, more than 140,000 supporters have signed the group’s petition.
You can check out the video on YouTube or watch it to your left. You may notice some familiar imagery in the video, like a character or two from Team Fortress 2.
Source: The Hill