On Monday, a group of major technology giants including Facebook, Google and many more has called the US Federal Communications Commission to reverse the 2015 net neutrality rules which restrict services providers from blocking or slowing the consumer access to web contents.
In its filing to FCC, The Internet Associations said that “dismantling the net neutrality rules” will create a massive ups and downs in the market and upset the careful balance that has led to the current virtuous circle of innovation in the broadband ecosystem.
The groups has argued that “this rollback will harm the consumers”.
Last month, the FCC voted 2-1 to advance Republican FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to change the ex-president administration’s who order reclassifying internet service providers as if they were in utilities.
Google CEO Sundar Pai in an call said that if the FCC has a authority or it keeps the rules restricting internet companies from blocking, throttling or providing “Fast lane” to some website will be “paid prioritization”.
In an argument, Pai said that “Obama order was unnecessary and harm jobs and investment, has not committed to retaining any rules.”
But I’m in a favor of ‘Open Internet’ he added.
The Internet Associations said there was “no reliable evidence” as provider investment has fallen.
According to the sources, More than 8.3 million public comments have been filed on the proposal.
By opposing the 2015 law, Broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon Communications said that “It discouraged the investment and innovations.”
“We strongly support the open internet rules and will not block or throttle legal websites even without legal requirement,” Providers added.
But some providers have said paid prioritization may make sense at times, citing self-driving cars and healthcare information.
Allowing the new doors to prioritization may allow the providers to “destroy the open nature of the internet that allows new or smaller streaming video providers to compete with larger or better-funded edge providers,” Internet firms added.
Service providers wants the Congress to resolve the decade-old dispute and pass open internet protections, but narrowly tailor rules to exclude a future FCC from imposing rate regulations.
The Internet Association said it was “open to alternative legal bases for the rules, either via legislative action codifying the existing net neutrality rules or via sound legal theories offered by the commission.”