Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Apple tells FCC to preserve net neutrality by banning fast lanes

Apple tells FCC to preserve net neutrality by banning fast lanes

This means that many consumers can not switch providers even if they learn that their broadband provider interferes with the internet's openness in a way that they oppose. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked.

"Many consumers can not switch providers even if they learn that their broadband provider interferes with the internet's openness in a way that they oppose", Apple said.

Comcast regulatory chief David Cohen urged Congress to step in and end what he described as a "Groundhog Day" being played out by FCC in regard to net neutrality regulation.

In July, when dozens of internet companies including Netflix and Google protested the FCC's proposal to change Obama-era net-neutrality rules, Apple was silent. He described the current application of Title II regulations to internet service providers as "heavy handed regulations, ushered in by the Obama Administration" to give "the FCC unlimited powers to not only control the price and speed of the internet, but also content". "This vulnerability is still being abused and people are playing with it right this moment, uploading all sorts of amusing memes and anti net neutrality documents". Net neutrality could still conceivably be enforced without such a designation.

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The net neutrality rules see the FCC regulating the internet as if it is a utility, meaning strict rules over blocking or slowing content. Internet providers have generally praised the rules, saying they protect the concept of an open internet, but telecoms operators argue they go too far and could harm competition.

For months, the American public has been expressing its disdain for Pai's proposals by filing thousands of complaints to the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System.

"The people have spoken", said WGAE in a statement. The move essentially made ISPs the same as water and electric companies. Fifty-one percent of people answered that the internet should be considered a public utility, 33 percent answered it should be registered as one.

The Writers Guild of America East, which represents writers across the spectrum of TV, movies and the internet, says the FCC's record 22 million comments (actually just short of that at press time), were a definite signal that the current Title II-based Open Internet order should not be rolled back.

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