Here's What Might Happen Next In The Struggle For Net Neutrality

Jon Howard
September 4, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission asked for comments on a proposal to kill Obama-era net neutrality rules - and got an earful.

"We work hard to build great products, and what consumers do with those tools is up to them - not Apple, and not broadband providers", the comment, signed by Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Hogan, says. Internet service providers, on the other hand, have said that by exploring new business models, consumers could be better served - and carriers would find new ways of making money at a time when most Americans are already paying for Internet service.

Simply stated, net neutrality is about ensuring that everyone has equal access to the internet. But the FCC extended the deadline by two weeks to August 30, partially granting a request for an eight-week extension from net neutrality advocates.

Apple, on the other hand, specifically urged Pai not to roll back an existing ban against so-called "fast lanes", which might allow broadband providers someday to charge for faster delivery of tech companies' movies, music or other content. The letter said that "Apple remains open to alternative sources of legal authority, but only if they provide for strong, enforceable, and legally sustainable protections, like those in place today".

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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.

"The importance of broadband provider transparency to the open internet is twofold". "The result would be an internet with distorted competition where online providers are driven to reach deals with broadband providers or risk being stuck in the slow lane and losing customers due to lower quality service".

Individuals who state that their contact information was attached to the anti-net neutrality comments without their accord required that FCC remove the comments from the docket.

"Nothing about the internet was broken in 2015", he said, speaking of when the FCC moved to regulate the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

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