Internet founders and pioneers rally to protect net

Internet founders and pioneers rally to protect net

On Nov. 21, the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pal announced his plans for a complete rollback of the 2015 net neutrality rules. The FCC is now majority-Republican and the agency is expected to vote for the repeal, meaning that by as early as January 2018, the net neutrality rules will be off the books and internet providers could start to charge websites for faster lanes or discriminate against content vis à vis connection speeds however they please.

This proposed Order would repeal key network neutrality protections that prevent Internet access providers from blocking content, websites and applications, slowing or speeding up services or classes of service, and charging online services for access or fast lanes to Internet access providers' customers.

Ajit Pai (AJ-it PIE), who was appointed F-C-C chairman by President Donald Trump, says the market will curb any abuses.

An "Internet Conduct Standard" meant to protect consumers will also be rescinded under the new rules, which are meant to free up ISP investment and innovation.


The letter detailed how the FCC has not just ignored experts' warnings but also the millions of public comments that have been submitted on the issue. Go wild and Tweet every 10 minutes until the FCC vote, change your job on LinkedIn to "Defending Net Neutrality" or say you're "Married to the Open Internet" on Facebook. "These flaws and inaccuracies were documented in detail in a 43-page-long joint comment signed by over 200 of the most prominent Internet pioneers and engineers and submitted to the FCC on July 17, 2017".

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"Despite this comment, the FCC did not correct its misunderstandings". The letter states that the FCC "has not held a single open public meeting to hear from citizens and experts about the proposed order" even though major technology companies and citizens alike have protested in resistance.

Repealing the net neutrality rules represent an "imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create", the pioneers say in their letter.

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