Apple to FCC: Here's Why Repealing Net Neutrality Is a Bad Idea

Apple to FCC: Here's Why Repealing Net Neutrality Is a Bad Idea

The docket on the "Restoring Internet Freedom" plan from commission Chairman Ajit Pai closed with more than 21.8 million comments in total-though some have suggested numerous comments aren't from engaged citizens but rather from bots and automated services. Assuming the FCCs proceeds as expected and dismantles existing net neutrality rules, both sides of the debate are expected to lobby congress to establish new net neutrality laws - hence, the objective of the September 7 hearing, to kickstart a public debate. 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.

The deadline for initial comments passed on July 17, and the deadline for replies to initial comments was supposed to pass on August 16. Form letters (pre-generated portions of text) made up roughly 90 percent of comments supporting net neutrality and 99.6 percent of comments for Title II repeal.

"These businesses represent their founders' dreams for a better life and a better world-and they're how many families put food on the table and pay their bills each month", said Fight for the Future co-founder Holmes Wilson, "The FCC's plan to end net neutrality puts businesses like these-and the livelihoods of the millions of people that depend on them-in grave danger". Paid fast lines should not replace "content-neutral transmission of internet traffic", the company argues, in part. Apple has opposed loosening net neutrality restrictions, allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) unbound power to charge companies for speedier access to consumers.

Though telecom companies are not complaining, websites which earn from internet based services are far from happy.

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"Nothing about the internet was broken in 2015", he said, speaking of when the FCC moved to regulate the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

Playing up a track record in innovative devices that goes back to the Macintosh in 1984, Apple said that its ecosystem of devices, operating systems, apps and online stores requires "fair and open access to broadband services".

"Apple remains open to alternative sources of legal authority, but only if they provide for strong, enforceable and legally sustainable protections, like those in place today", the tech giant said.

That really dives into one of the main problems with Pai's suggestion for how to make the open internet work.

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