Reblog: FCC Commissioners Raise Serious Doubts about Chairman’s Pay-for-Priority Internet Plan

Public scrutiny and pressure are paying off! Both FCC commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel made statements today questioning the new rules proposed by Chair Tom Wheeler:

  • Rosenworcel:
  • Clyburn:

Below is’s statement today May 7, 2014 in response.

If you can get to the National Mall, please join the occupation at the FCC through May 15, and follow the movement on Twitter:  

As Evan Greer from Fight For The Future said to the Guardian today, “…it affects everyone’s life and people are not going to just stand by and let this happen.”

Net Neutrality

Photo of the “firewall” at the FCC from @ JohnZangas 7 May 2014


WASHINGTON — In a series of statements on Wednesday, two Democratic FCC commissioners expressed serious doubts about proceeding with Chairman Tom Wheeler’s new “open Internet” rules.

In a statement at a meeting of the Chief Officers of State Libraries, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel called on Chairman Wheeler and her fellow commissioners to “delay our consideration of his rules by a least a month. I believe that rushing headlong into a rulemaking next week fails to respect the public response to his proposal.”

In a blog post at the FCC website, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn wrote that “tens of thousands of consumers, companies, entrepreneurs, investors, schools, educators, healthcare providers and others have reached out to ask me to keep the Internet free and open.”

Clyburn also listed her preference for prohibiting pay-for-priority arrangements and re-asserting the agency’s authority to protect an open Internet.

In addition on Wednesday, nearly 150 Internet companies sent a letter to the FCC’s five commissioners urging them to create rules that protect internet users against blocking, discrimination and paid prioritization.

OccupyFree Press CEO and President Craig Aaron made the following statement:

“The cracks are beginning to show in Chairman Wheeler’s plan that would undermine Net Neutrality. The more people learn about this proposal,  the more skeptical they become. That list of skeptics now includes two Democratic commissioners who have taken the unusual step of questioning the Democratic chairman’s approach.

“We’re encouraged that both Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel are responding to the millions of emails and thousands of phone calls from people demanding real Net Neutrality. It’s time the agency took the most sensible next step and reclassified Internet service providers as common carriers. That’s the only reasonable way to ensure an open Internet for everyone.”

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About Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor is Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and of the MuseWeb Foundation, the new non-profit initiative of Museums and the Web, as well as Co-chair and Co-editor with Rich Cherry of MW’s international conferences and publications. Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English. Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal's editorial board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Omnimuseum Project.

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