Silicon Valley giants oppose FCC plan to repeal Net Neutrality

Silicon Valley giants oppose FCC plan to repeal Net Neutrality

Consumers Union called the proposal "an enormous loss for consumers" that "would give internet service providers more power and control over the websites we can visit".

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations created to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally. Pai, a Republican, was installed by President Donald Trump. "We're very encouraged by Chairman Pai's announcement today that the FCC will move forward next month to restore the successful light-touch regulatory framework for Internet services", Verizon said in a statement.

Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5 in Washington.

"You need only look to how privacy policies from websites allow essentially any and all bad behavior", Wood said, "so long as it is disclosed to users". "And they tell me that they want to access the content and use the applications, services, and devices of their choice".

"The job of the FCC is to represent the consumer". USA regulators invoked broad powers to ensure that Web traffic for all users is treated equally, adopting net-neutrality rules that supporters say will preserve a wide-open Internet and that opponents vow to fight in court.

The Internet Association, a trade group with members including Netflix, Facebook, Google and Amazon.com Inc., said "This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet".

More Obama-era regulations are heading to the shredder. Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and his board colleagues oppose repeal, saying stripping away net neutrality is a money grab for the ISP's, allowing them to make more money by charging content providers and services.

Other experts are raising concerns about unfair business practices and harms to free speech.

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The concept, known as net neutrality, imposed utility-style regulation on ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to prevent them from favoring their own digital services over their rivals.

A number of groups and companies have spoken out against the proposed changes.

The FCC's plan has also stirred up heated resistance on Reddit, where numerous users are calling for US citizens to contact their state representatives to demand their support for net neutrality. "One way to do that is to slow down or block Netflix or YouTube, making them effectively unwatchable". On the other hand, ISPs could provide more cost-effective channel bundles because they would have more flexibility in pricing, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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