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Tech companies sign joint letter opposing FCC net neutrality proposals

updated 07:06 am EDT, Thu May 8, 2014

Google, Facebook, Amazon among coalition asking for FCC to reconsider net rules

A coalition of technology companies have co-signed a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its net neutrality proposals. Signed by over a hundred Internet companies, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and Amazon, the letter asks the FCC to reconsider what the companies claim "represents a grave threat to the Internet."

"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," reads the letter obtained by The Verge. "Instead of permitting individualized bargaining and discrimination, the Commission's rules should protect users and Internet companies on both fixed and mobile platforms against blocking, discrimination, and paid prioritization, and should make the market for Internet services more transparent. The rules should provide certainty to all market participants and keep the costs of regulation low." The joint letter follows similar complaints from Mozilla and Senator Al Franken (D-MN) over the proposals, with Netflix reportedly in discussions with the FCC about the matter.

The response has also triggered a blog post from FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, claiming that "over 100,000 Americans have spoken," including consumers, schools, companies, healthcare providers and investors contacting the commissioner to "keep the Internet free and open."

After reiterating concerns over the 2010 Open Internet Order, including making it clear the fixed rules should apply to mobile services and a prohibition on pay-for-priority arrangements, Clyburn advises this to be a "unique opportunity for us to take a fresh look and evaluate our policy in light of the many developments that have occurred over the last four years."

The FCC is set to vote on the proposals on May 15th.




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