Comcast's Cohen: Congress should end FCC's 'Groundhog Day' on net neutrality

PM ET Gigi Sohn Aug. 30 Could Signal Closing of Open Internet Former Wheeler counselor says Pai is ignoring facts

In the USA, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has laid out a plan to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules which has received strong reactions from the general public as well as the media.

The 2015 net neutrality rules treat regulation of internet more like that of a public utility such as water or electricity and prohibit broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from creating a tiered system of access, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.

While millions of individuals (and possibly a few bots) weighed in on the proposal, so did companies.

As is standard, comments must be filed by midnight Eastern time on the date of the deadline.

After a long silence, Apple defended net neutrality in a letter to the FCC Thursday. Still, it's best to get your comments on the record before the end of the day tomorrow. Customer choice, no paid fast lanes and transparency are the three key things that Apple highlight, which most people are central to net neutrality.




None of the CEOs of the major companies invited to attend had committed to testify, although Reuters reports that committee aides have held several meetings with representatives of the internet firms and service providers over recent weeks.

The FCC is considering whether it has the authority to limit internet providers' ability to block, throttle or offer "paid prioritization", and whether it should keep any protections in place. "Apple therefore believes that the Federal Communications Commission should retain strong, enforceable open internet protections", the letter said. "Providers of online goods and services need assurance that they will be able to reliably reach their customers without interference from the underlying broadband provider", the letter argues.

Pai, who has called the internet "the greatest free market success in history", said he wants to go back to the internet rules instituted in 1996 under President Clinton and a Republican Congress.

The net neutrality docket of the Federal Communication is however quite a mess since nearly 22 million comments come from form letters and spam bots using stolen identities from data breaches.

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