Apple comes out in support of net neutrality
- Author: Ronnie Bowen Sep 04, 2017,
Sep 04, 2017, 11:35
After several tech giants, including Google and Facebook, supported Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) plan to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules, Apple called on the U.S. communications regulatory agency to keep "strong, enforceable open internet protections". Service providers can't give special access to business partners or companies that pay them off. The businesses warn policymakers that, "While big companies might be able to afford a pay-to-play prioritized "fast lane" to users, small and medium sized enterprises like ours can not".
The FCC has not finished posting all the comments to its network neutrality docket that were filed by the August 30 deadline, according to an FCC source speaking on background. Apple has written to Federal Communications Commission asking to keep the net neutrality laws as strong as it is today.
"Broadband providers should not block, throttle, or otherwise discriminate against lawful websites and services", wrote Cynthia Hogan, Apple's vice president for public policy. The current rules prevent carriers like AT&T, Verizon, Charter, and Comcast from blocking or slowing web traffic, but FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is hellbent on changing that. This means that many consumers can not switch providers even if they learn that their broadband provider interferes with the internet's openness in a way that they oppose.
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"Broadband providers should not create paid fast lanes on the internet", Apple said in its filing.
If the ban is lifted on Paid Prioritization, this will enable ISPs to transmit content or services of one provider over another. 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. "Competition for last-mile broadband connections is crucial to protecting anopen internet". Pai has said the regulations stifle corporate innovation and investment and are not necessary to guaranteeing an "open internet".
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.