FCC Commissioner In Columbus Says Net Neutrality Should Be Fully Debated

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UPDATED: Wednesday August 13, 2014 5:54 PM

The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to collect public comment on a controversial proposal to create what many call a web superhighway.

"My own view is that the FCC should prioritize polices that make broadband available to everybody," said FCC commissioner Ajit Pai.  "That includes rich and poor, urban and rural.  If we do that I'm sure the net neutrality concerns will evaporate."

Pai will be just one of just five commissioners voting on the issue.  He sat down with 10TV today and said his agency has so far received more than one million comments on the web issue.

And it's not over yet.

"Whatever regulations the FCC adopts it's important to remember it's going to be embroiled in litigation for potentially years," said Pai.

Many web users are adamantly opposed to the idea.

"I think it's a very dangerous precedent," said social media expert Kelley Bell.  "Imagine roads and only the big companies can use the freeways and the rest of us drive in the ally's and nobody is fixing the potholes.  That's what people are afraid of."

So afraid that earlier this year hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Federal Communication Commission in Washington.

"This is the first time in the history of the world that the people have had equal access to information," said Bell.  "And the ability to speak and be heard. We have to protect that."

The FCC proposal sparked a lot of criticism for allowing providers like AT&T and Verizon to charge companies for a superhighway.

The agency is now in the middle of a 90 day review.

Bell says that's why many web users want the FCC to slow down and take a lot of public comment.  "The internet moves at the speed of light," said Bell.  "But our lawmaking in regards to it needs to take its time."

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