As recently as yesterday morning, several members of the Techaeris crew were lamenting the hands-off nature that some of the big names in tech were taking with this most recent Net Neutrality brouhaha. Leave it to those same big names to deliver an open letter to the FCC yesterday afternoon! The full text of this letter is listed below:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington D.C. 20554May 7, 2014Dear Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai, and O’Reilly:
We write to express our support for a free and open internet. Over the past twenty years, American innovators have created countless Internet-based applications, content oﬀerings, and services that are used around the world. These innovations have created enormous value for Internet users, fueled economic growth, and made our Internet companies global leaders. The innovation we have seen to date happened in a world without discrimination. An open Internet has also been a platform for free speech and opportunity for billions of users.
The Commission’s long-standing commitment and actions undertaken to protect the open Internet are a central reason why the Internet remains an engine of entrepreneurship and economic growth.
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 both 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.
The list of signers to this letter is a veritable who’s who of the tech industry. Over 100 companies – including Amazon, Dropbox, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Reddit, Twitter and many more – signed, expressing their displeasure with the currently proposed regulations. Please see the source links for the full list of signers. Will this get the FCC’s attention? Feel free to chime in on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, or the comment section below.