Tech Giants Protest FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Some of the biggest players in the technology industry have teamed up to fight back against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed net neutrality rules. Amazon, Google, Facebook, and many others have written a joint letter to the FCC stating that the changes could destroy the Internet as we know it.

Net neutrality, the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers (ISPs), has been a topic of debate in the electronics industry for several years. In the past, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempted to introduce a set of net neutrality laws that would help to prevent ISPs from obstructing Internet traffic, however an appeals court has struck down those rules.

Without the open Internet laws to protect the industry, the FCC has been forced to come up with a new plan, which many people fear will hurt the Internet. U.S. senators, members of the tech community, and even FCC commissioners are not entirely happy with the FCC's plan, which would allow for an Internet fast lane.

Fighting Back

Outside of the telecommunications industry, there are very few organizations that support the FCC's proposal. With a vote on the proposal set to take place on May 15, numerous critics are coming out to fight back against the new rules.

Tech companies are not alone in urging the FCC to change its position. This week, some FCC members showed their disapproval of the way that FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler is handling net neutrality. At the very least, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel hopes that the commission will delay a vote on the matter.

In their letter to the FCC, Amazon, Google, and others said that any regulation of the industry should prevent discrimination and price increases, rather than formalize a discrimination process.

Slow Content, Not Blocked

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