#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – FCC – May 08 – In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s internet plan which opponents claim will weaken the concept of net neutrality, more than 100 technology companies have signed onto a letter slamming the proposal.
Dated May 7, 2014, the letter addressed to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called the recent proposal – which would reportedly allow internet service providers to transmit data to websites at faster speeds if they pay extra – “a grave threat to the internet.”
The letter was signed by scores of technology companies, including giants such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Netflix, and Yahoo.
“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 impose new tolls on them,” the letter reads. “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.”
Although the FCC is scheduled to vote on the controversial plan on May 15, the letter also urges the commission to push that date back amidst public outcry.
Many skeptics and consumer advocate groups believe the proposal will create internet “fast lanes,” where larger, wealthier companies will be able to deliver content to consumers far more quickly than their smaller competitors. This, critics contend, would initiate the creation of a two-tier internet.
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