Sen. Patrick Leahy Urges FCC to Host Net Neutrality Roundtables Outside of D.C.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is urging the FCC to host a series of planned hearings on "net neutrality" rules outside of Washington.

The FCC is seeking further input on several changes to net neutrality including allowing ISPs to charge content providers for faster access to customers (commonly referred to as "fast lanes"). During its public comment period for these changes, more than 1 million comments were submitted, with the majority of them opposing the changes.

The FCC is planning on hosting six roundtable discussions in September and October at its offices in Washington, where the public can meet with staff to talk about the proposed rules and how they may be changed.

Sen. Leahy thinks the FCC should also hold a few of these roundtables in other parts of the country.

"Most of (those who had commented on the proposed rules online) will not be able to come to Washington to participate in the roundtables that have been scheduled, but their voices are more important than industry lobbyists and members of Congress," Leahy wrote to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

An FCC spokesman said that the public would be able to pose questions to those roundtables online alongside those who attend in person.

"The roundtable events are designed to incorporate a wide range of views on this important topic, and they will be open to the public and streamed live online," the spokesman said.

You can learn more about the roundtable discussions in this report.

Source: Times of India

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