Menu
Internet companies press for net neutrality in FCC filing

Internet companies press for net neutrality in FCC filing

Strong net neutrality rules should keep the Internet open, dynamic and spontaneous for all, the companies said

An association of more than two dozen technology companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Netflix urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday to create strong, enforceable net neutrality rules for wired and mobile networks.

The companies want to secure an open Internet for the future, they said in a comment filed by The Internet Association with the FCC. They want to prevent the segregation of the Internet into fast lanes and slow lanes as that will distort the market, discourage innovation and harm Internet users, they said.

The FCC is looking to create a new approach to regulating net neutrality after a U.S. appeals court threw out its original regulations in January. But the FCC prompted an outcry from Internet users by saying it wants to allow broadband providers to engage in "commercially reasonable" traffic management and would also allow paid prioritization in some cases.

The comment from The Internet Association, filed as the official comment period draws to a close, says the FCC should enforce a strong net neutrality by adopting "simple, light-touch rules to ensure that the Internet remains open, dynamic, and spontaneous." These rules should help the Internet be free from censorship, discrimination and anticompetitive behavior, and give consumers equal access to the content they want.

Broadband subscribers should get the bandwidth they are paying for and content should be treated equally, without degradations in speed or quality, meaning no artificial "slow lanes", they said. These rules should apply regardless of whether the Internet is accessed from a fixed or mobile access provider.

"Applying uniform rules across platforms promotes predictability, confidence, and certainty for all," the comment said.

The Internet Association's comment follows a plea Netflix made in March for strong net neutrality.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings warned at the time that without strong net neutrality rules, big ISPs could demand potentially escalating fees for the interconnection required to deliver high quality service and drive up costs and prices for everyone.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GoogleNetworkingU.S. Federal Communications CommissiontwittergovernmentnetflixFacebook

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2015 and 2016 inductees - Darryl Swann, Dave Rosenberg, Gary Bigwood, Keith Watson, Mike Hill and Scott Green - to the inaugural Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed how the channel can collectively work together to benefit New Zealand, the Kiwi skills shortage and the future of the industry. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Reseller News launches inaugural Hall of Fame lunch
Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Show Comments