GENERAL UPDATE: The comment system has been re-opened for comments on the final proposal – this is open until August but the earlier they see the groundswell of support to keep the rules in place the better!

UPDATE FOR NON-US DEVS: This affects you too and the FCC accepts comments from everyone worldwide so don’t sit this one out!

Although the last fight to maintain what is termed ‘net neutrality’ was successful, there is a new battle to be fought as the FCC is now considering rolling back the regulations that put ISPs in check from favoring some online services and content over others. [If you need more information on the latest proposed changes, I highly recommend watching Last Week Tonight’s “Net Neutrality II” segment from last night here.]

While all individuals will be affected, for this post I’d like to focus on providing an additional resource for content creators – specifically game developers. You see, the FCC now has to open things back up for public comment and this is our chance to make our voices heard. Last Week Tonight has helpfully provided a URL to directly link to where you need to go to comment at http://gofccyourself.com!

So if you’re a game developer, or indie studio, feel free to use and edit one of my template responses to make your comment on the FCC’s site. And, if you make more than just games – especially film and web content – there should be enough there for you to edit and tailor to your type of media too!

Please take a few minutes of your day out to grab one of the below templates – or create your own – and add a comment to the FCC website. It’s critical to make as many voices heard and ensure that all of us have the ability to have our games seen and enjoyed through fast, stable, and EQUAL access to the internet by everyone. [And if you can personalize it a bit so it doesn’t look like a bot!]

Note: Thanks to Last Week Tonight, the FCC’s site occasionally gets overwhelmed and crashes so if it is down when go there please come back later and try again!

Thanks!

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There are five base versions that I’ve created and they cover the following categories:

  1. Individual Game Developers
  2. Individual Game Developers Who Creates Games With Online-Based Content
  3. Solo Indie Game Developers
  4. Indie Game Development Studios
  5. Larger Non-Indie Game Development Studios

Items in italics are where you need to insert your information. The comment will remove break returns, but it may show up on their internal end differently so feel free to leave them in your original submission or change it to a standard filing so you can attach your comment as a document.

Important Note: Only include your company name from the template if you are a solo developer who has your own company, it is coming from a studio, or if your employer allows/encourages you to do so.

Individual Game Developer
I am writing to the FCC today to strongly encourage you to continue to oversee ISPs under the current Title II regulations. As a game developer and content creator my livelihood relies on consumers having a free and open internet in order to access all places where the games that my company creates can be purchased and played.

By allowing internet providers the potential for ‘throttling’ access to some websites, hosting services, or platforms it could affect the reach and profitability of the products we produce. This has a major potential to hurt sales and thus my employer may have to cut jobs or even close down altogether, impacting my job security and those of my colleagues.

This would have a direct effect on the US economy, and the $91 billion game industry I’m employed by, as well as putting a burden on social services programs like unemployment, welfare, and Medicaid.

I urge the FCC to support net neutrality and leave the current regulations in place.

[name]
[company]

Individual Game Developers Who Creates Games With Online-Based Content
I am writing to the FCC today to strongly encourage you to continue to oversee ISPs under the current Title II regulations. As a content creator whose games require fast, stable online access in order for consumers to play my products, my livelihood directly relies on them having a free and open internet in order to be able to purchase, access, and enjoy the games my company creates.

By allowing internet providers the potential for ‘throttling’ access to the online services necessary for the games I work on to be played it could affect the reach and profitability of the products we create. Any possibilities of major ISPs giving preference to large corporations who can afford to pay to have their content, platforms, or websites favored over my employers impacts my job security and ability to support my household.

This would have a direct effect on the US economy and the $91 billion game industry as a whole and also puts a burden on social services programs like unemployment, welfare, and Medicaid.

I urge the FCC to support net neutrality and leave the current regulations in place.

[name]
[company]

Solo Indie Game Developers
I am writing to the FCC today to strongly encourage you to continue to oversee ISPs under the current Title II regulations. As a self-employed game developer I rely on consumers having a free and open internet in order to access all places where my games can be purchased and played.

Because I am just an individual, there is no way I would have the means and resources to be successful if major ISPs have the ability to give preference to large corporations who can pay to have their content favored over mine. By allowing internet providers the potential for ‘throttling’ access it could directly affect my livelihood and my ability to support myself and my household.

Indie game development is one of the factors that help video games continue to thrive as an art form. Net neutrality is also a factor that ensures this $91 billion and growing industry will positively contribute to the US economy for decades to come.

I urge the FCC to support net neutrality and leave the current regulations in place.

[name]
[company]

Indie Game Development Studios
On behalf of [studio name] I am writing to the FCC today to strongly encourage you to continue to oversee ISPs under the current Title II regulations. As an independent game development studio our business relies on consumers having a free and open internet in order to access all places where our games can be purchased and played.

By allowing internet providers the potential for ‘throttling’ access to some websites, hosting services, or platforms it could affect the reach and profitability of the products we produce. Because we are a small business there is no way we could stay competitive and successful if major ISPs have the ability to give preference to large corporations who can pay to have their content favored over ours.

Indie game development studios like ours are one of the factors that help video games continue to thrive as an art form. Net neutrality is also a factor that ensures this $91 billion and growing industry will positively contribute to the US economy for decades to come.

This is why we urge the FCC to support net neutrality and leave the current regulations in place.

[name]
[title]
[company]

Larger Non-Indie Game Development Studios
On behalf of [studio name] I am writing to the FCC today to strongly encourage you to continue to oversee ISPs under the current Title II regulations. As a game development studio our business relies on consumers having a free and open internet in order to access all places where our games can be purchased and played.

By allowing internet providers the potential for ‘throttling’ access to some websites, hosting services, or platforms it could affect the reach and profitability of the products we produce. The more our company is forced to pay ISPs to stay as visible as our competitors, the less we can spend on creating products consumers will love, and on jobs for the creators of those products.

Game development studios like ours are one of the factors that help video games continue to thrive as an art form. Net neutrality is also a factor that ensures this $91 billion and growing industry will positively contribute to the US economy for decades to come.

This is why we urge the FCC to support net neutrality and leave the current regulations in place.

[name]
[title]
[company]