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Tech Giants Take on FCC on Net Neutrality

By: PanAm Post Staff - May 9, 2014, 8:13 am

EspañolOn Thursday, tech giants, such as Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, and Twitter, teamed up to rally in favor of net neutrality, the idea that internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the internet equally. Through a letter directed to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the group challenged a proposal by the FCC that puts net neutrality in jeopardy.

Even though their letter did not advocate a specific set of policies to be undertaken by the FCC, it emphasized the importance of an open internet. The group wrote: “This Commission should take the necessary steps to ensure that the internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce so that America continues to lead the world in technology markets.” This letter is the first major public statement by leading technology companies on the issue of net neutrality since the release of the new FCC proposal on April 23rd.

Although the FCC’s new rules have not been officially implemented, public approval for them has been low, and they have received wide criticism from internet advocates, as well as internally from FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

The new FCC regulations are set to go into effect on May 15.

Source: The Verge.