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Tech pioneers write open letter asking FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

Tech pioneers write open letter asking FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

The experts' comment was not the only one the FCC ignored. "It goes right to the heart of the MA economy, and this fight is one that has to be fought".

WORLD WIDE WEB PARAGONS have signed a letter that urges a halt on the vote to repeal the net neutrality protections in the U.S. by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

But views at the agency have changed since the issuance of the 2015 rules, and a current FCC fact sheet describes the rule as "heavy-handed, utility-style regulation" and says it created a "regulatory environment that stifles innovation" and has "delayed or scuttled" new services.

TRAI last month chose to uphold the supremacy of net neutrality in India.

"The FTC is committed to ensuring that Internet service providers live up to the promises they make to consumers", said Acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen. "It's a zero-sum game, and small and mid-sized firms have the most to lose".

Net neutrality is the idea that web content should be treated equally, without internet service companies discriminating by throttling content or assigning it to fast or slow lanes.

"In an era where corporate influence on politics and society is increasing and increasingly concerning, there's more at stake than just dollars", she said.

Here, in India, we are going through the grinding of that process and thankfully, after over a year of consultation papers, public comments and meetings, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last month made a decision to uphold the supremacy of net neutrality in India.

The FCC now classifies internet providers as utilities - meaning that they are not allowed to artificially limit the speeds of certain web traffic or to charge certain companies more than others to allow customers to access them. They want the committee to ask Pai to cancel the vote, which is now scheduled for December 14th.

The FCC will make sure ISPs disclose their practices, and the FTC "will investigate and take enforcement action as appropriate against Internet service providers for unfair, deceptive, or otherwise unlawful acts or practices", according to a news release.

The proposal will be voted on when the FCC meets on 14 December. The agencies said the proposal will "return jurisdiction to the FTC to police the conduct of ISPs". "The Internet was vibrant place of commerce and public discourse before the rules ever took effect and will continue to flourish after we discard this unnecessary and harmful regulatory overhang".

It is notable that the letter is addressed to Congress, rather than the FCC, following several weeks in which FCC chair Ajit Pai and his fellow Republican commissioners have responded to widespread criticism and critiques of their plan with mockery and disparagement rather than considered responses.

Also Monday, the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission said the two agencies "would coordinate online consumer protection efforts following the adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order", which is what Pai's plan is titled.

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