Congresswoman Eshoo’s Reddit contest to rebrand ‘net neutrality’

Rep_Anna_EshooToday I launched a contest on Reddit to rebrand ‘net neutrality’ — the term used to describe the principle of all Internet traffic being created equal and that it should be treated as such.

In May, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new Internet traffic rules under the guise of net neutrality. But if approved, the proposed plan could split the flow of online traffic into tiers by allowing priority treatment to big online corporations that pay higher fees to broadband providers. This would mean a fast lane for those who can afford it and a slow lane for everyone else, hindering small businesses, innovators and Internet users.

Internet users know what they want and expect from the Internet, but these days all the jargon about net neutrality rules is making it difficult to know what box to check that advances their best interest. So I’m hosting this contest to rebrand net neutrality and bring some clarity to an otherwise muddy legal debate before the FCC finalizes its proposed open Internet rules. If Internet users care about their right to uninhibited access to the Internet, this is their opportunity to have an impact on the process, to help put the advantage back in the hands of the Internet user, and to ensure that the free and open Internet prevails.

The contest is free to enter and the rules are simple. The most popular entry on this Reddit post will be declared the winner on September 8, 2014. Participants are reminded to refrain from using vulgar or otherwise inappropriate language.

I hope you will participate and I thank you for it.

RepAnnaEshoo

If you had the chance to change the name of ‘net neutrality’ to something more clear and easy to understand, or just to be more creative, what would you call it?

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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