100 Giant Tech Companies Team Up to Fight Against Net Neutrality.
In what seems to be one of the most rarest public for giant tech companies, one internet retailer, Amazon, has come to stand against the Federal Communications Commission’s purported plan to bifurcate the internet into faster and slow lanes as part of its new network neutrality rules. Along with Amazon joins a list a that filled with more than 100 tech firms that include such names like BitTorrent and Netflix, but also some quite shocking ones such as the National Association of Realtors and Lyft, in signing a letter to the FFC Chairman and commissioners.
Other noticeable signatories have included Google, Twilio, Facebook, Codecademey, OpenDNS, Tumblr, Reddit, Kickstarter, Zynga and Foursquare. The letter protest the FCC’s plans to implement net neutrality rules that cloud allow ISPs charge content providers such as Amazon or Netflix to their packet faster or at a much higher quality.
This proposed change in the rules, which comes right after the original network neutrality rules that they had tried to implement back during 2010 had failed to pass by the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals earlier this year, has caused the tech and media would to rave over the death of the open internet. While the FCC has tried its best to downlplay on how much of threat it is, it has so far been unable to convince the people knowledgeable about the industry that his plan isn’t step back for the open Internet.
During the previous week, Tech companies had visited D.C. in order to plead their case, and the letter sent to the FCC on Wednesday had done the same. The letter came out against paid prioritization, but also offered Chairman Wheeler and out by blaming the mass media for most likely misunderstanding how he really intend to play this rule-making process.
From the following letter, it states:
According to recent news reports, the Commission intends to propose rules that would enable phone and cable Internet service providers to discriminate both technically and financially against internet companies and to impose new tolls on them. If these reports are correct, this represents a grave threat to the Internet.
Instead of permitting individualized bargaining and discrimination, the Commission’s rules should protect users and Internet companies on fixed and mobile platforms against blocking, discrimination, and paid prioritization, and should make the market for internet services more transparent. The rules should provide certainty to all market participants and keep the costs of regulation low.
Such rules are essential for the future of the Internet. 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.
Here’s a full list of names of the tech companies that have currently joined up to prevent this recent problem:
Here’s a list of the more than 150 companies, that signed the letter:
Vonage Holdings Corp.
Agile Learning Labs
Assembly Made, Inc.
Blu Zone C
Meteor Development Group
Minds + Machines
Opera Software ASA
Poll Everywhere, Inc
Rewheel/Digital Fuel Monitor Reylabs
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