Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Ca) thinks that net neutrality is a term that needs rebranding and a contest on Reddit is just the way to fix the problem. Net neutrality, the idea that all content on the Internet should be treated equally, is a major buzz term among technology companies and on Capitol Hill, but confusion over the phrase and why it matters could be a major problem according to Eshoo, so the contest will seek to fix that and raise awareness of the ongoing discussion about the issue by soliciting ideas from the Internet community.
“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,” Eshoo posted in her announcement on Reddit. “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.”
It’s an ambitious and surprisingly tech-savvy idea to come from Congress. Basically, anyone can enter their idea for renaming and rebranding net neutrality on Reddit, and the most popular choice will win when the contest ends on September 8. Eshoo made sure to remind users to not use inappropriate or vulgar language, which may or may not be a totally hopeless appeal.
To find out more and compete, you can go to the contest page on Reddit and watch Eshoo discuss the contest in a video below.