And the commission turns against itself
A large group of internet companies, led by some of the biggest names in the business, have taken a stand against new net neutrality rules proposed by the FCC.
The plot thickens…
Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter and Yahoo are just some of the cosigners on a short yet sharp letter to the FCC.
“According to recent news reports,” the letter states, “the Commission intends to propose rules that would enable phone and cable internet service providers to discriminate both technically and financially against internet companies and to impose new tolls on them. If these reports are correct, this represents a grave threat to the internet.”
The companies note that instead of “permitting bargaining and discrimination,” the FCC’s edicts “should protect users and internet companies … against blocking, discrimination and paid prioritization, and should make the market for internet services more transparent.”
The internet companies’ furor comes amidst public outcry against proposed rules that would open internet “fast lanes” for companies willing to pay. Those who don’t pay would invariably be stuck in internet slow lanes.
While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has maintained he’s on the side of an open internet, even a fellow commission member has said there are “real concerns” with the net neutrality proposals and wants to delay the commission’s “consideration” of them by at least a month.
The rules are set for a vote May 15, and a Sunshine Period by which the FCC can accept public comment ends tomorrow.
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel remarked a “torrent of public response” has been unleashed with the proposed rules and more time is needed collect public input.
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