Net neutrality fades away
Key take outs
May was dominated by players pushing net neutrality into the political spotlight by linking it to other issues (such as free speech)
June was a quiet month with little emotion on the keep side of the debate as the focus of discussion began to crystallize around the national day of action on July 12th. The reaction to the day of action itself was muted. Very little discussions in favour of “keeping” net neutrality regulations were made independently of activists - the “keep” campaign failed to capture the public’s imagination. The much anticipated internet giants (Google, Twitter, Apple et al) participation was ubiquitously described as “half-hearted”.
August/September saw a significant decrease in the level of discussion (down 46% nationally). This is in spite of the deadline for submissions to the FCC being extended to 30th August when a spike in activism was expected but didn’t materialise.
What’s clear towards the end of September the other FCC business shown in the neutral discussion (Sinclair in particular) had captured the imagination of activists as net neutrality faded away.
National Online Conversation
Time Frame: May-September 2017
The key insights were
Health care continues to drive the national conversation
Russia is consistently higher in volume than other issues
Sean Spicer’s departure garnered more attention that the 7/12 net neutrality “Day of Action”
The 8/30 FCC comment deadline for net neutrality drew negligible attention
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