What's Next in the Plan to Kill Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

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04 September, 2017

Pai has said heavy-handed net neutrality rules have led to reduced investment, cutting out 75,000 to 100,000 jobs, such as laying cable and digging trenches to help bring high-speed internet access to rural and low income areas. But Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, wants to rewrite the rules. Form letters (pre-generated portions of text) made up roughly 90 percent of comments supporting net neutrality and 99.6 percent of comments for Title II repeal.

It will be hard to figure out exactly how many comments were filed by the deadline since the FCC is at the same time posting comments that have come in in the two days since the deadline.

"These businesses represent their founders' dreams for a better life and a better world-and they're how many families put food on the table and pay their bills each month", said Fight for the Future co-founder Holmes Wilson, "The FCC's plan to end net neutrality puts businesses like these-and the livelihoods of the millions of people that depend on them-in grave danger".

The filing calls for "retain [ing] strong, enforceable open Internet protections" and argues that the FCC's current rules are effective at protecting consumers and online businesses. As part of the FCC's review of internet regulations, Pai has asked whether the FCC needs rules that prohibit blocking or throttling traffic, or providing Internet fast lanes.

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"Second, online providers need clear information about the management and performance of residential broadband services to understand that their services will be delivered to their customers as intended". Those rules treat regulation of internet more like that of a public utility such as water or electricity and prohibit broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from creating a tiered system of access, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

The net neutrality docket of the Federal Communication is however quite a mess since nearly 22 million comments come from form letters and spam bots using stolen identities from data breaches.

In a comment submitted to the FCC and signed by Cynthia Hogan, Apple's VP of Public Policy for the Americas, Apple urged the FCC not to roll back a ban against "fast lanes", a concept that describes a regulatory environment in which broadband providers can charge to deliver internet content more quickly.


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