What do telecom and tech companies think about net neutrality?
With the Federal Communications Commission ruling the vote for repeal of net neutrality rules last December 2017, people got divided in their views about the subject. Net neutrality advocates will uphold Obama-era principles because it will prevent internet providers to become gatekeepers from banning websites, content and services, throttling and paid prioritization, opponents see it as a disadvantage in terms of capping innovations on the internet services and the infrastructure.
One of the reasons why a lot of people give so much fuss to net neutrality is because unlike in other countries, there’s limited competition in the United States.
Although, repealing net neutrality laws are foreseen to yield positive results to cable companies and internet providers as it served as a way for them to charge consumers extra for certain services.
Unsurprisingly, established telecom companies couldn’t hide their eagerness from the FCC’s decision to abolish net neutrality laws. Comcast said they applauded the efforts of Pai for initiating, and O’ Reilly and Carr, for their support in the Restoring Internet Freedom Order which seeks to invite more investments and digital modernization.
When asked, here are the reactions of telecom companies and tech. While Netflix sees the net neutrality law as something that has given birth to an era of modernization, civic agreement and creativity. Netflix disagrees with the FCC’s decision to gut net neutrality as they are in one of the large and small companies and innovators.
AT&T stated that regardless of the administration, Republican or Democratic, AT&T has always been open in providing an open internet free from banning websites and throttling, or censorship or providing selective treatment in the internet traffic.
Reddit, Amazon, and Google have expressed their stand to uphold net neutrality laws, and they are ready to challenge the FCC’s decision.
These reactions were gained by the FCC one day after Ajit Pai released its intent of repealing net neutrality rules, distinguished internet companies were condemning the decision of the agency. A lobbying group (represented by Google, Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, and others) agreed on joining in filing a lawsuit against the FCC.
Just recently, six more tech companies expressed their intent to file a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission. Foursquare, Automattic (the company that owns WordPress), Shutterstock, Etsy, Expa, and Kickstarter want to pose questions and objections to the FCC’s invalidation of the net neutrality principles. These companies want the Court of Appeals to review the FCC’s decision.
Marc Ellenbogen, Foursquare’s chief compliance officer, and general counsel represented Foursquare in making the public know that everyone should be given access to obtain data on places, spaces, and people and that business heads and brands should be able to interpret movements, plans, and arrangements as they are.
Multiple public interest groups such as Free Press, New America’s Open Technology Institute, and Public Knowledge also filed appeals for review of the decision made by the FCC with regards to the repeal.
The fight to restore the Open Internet rules has been a long journey, and no one knows when this battle may be won but for as long as advocates and tech companies are consistent in seeking ways to overturn the FCC decision. Reestablishing the net neutrality laws would ensure the availability of free data that people can have access to anytime which is at risk of being in danger when Ajit Pai initiated the repeal.
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