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Technology companies press for net neutrality in FCC filing

2014-07-15 09:20 by
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The Internet Association group representing companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook, among dozens of other tech stalwarts, issued a memo directed toward the Federal Communications Commission regarding the agency's latest net neutrality proposal.

The Internet Association reiterated its argument for an open Internet while declaring that some broadband providers are already discriminating against various content sources, hindering or blocking delivery in real-time.

"The Internet is threatened by broadband Internet access providers who would turn the open, best-efforts Internet into a pay-for-priority platform more closely resembling cable television than today's Internet," the group wrote.

"Consumers could effectively end up with a 'fast' lane and a 'slow' lane, despite the fact they are paying for the same quality and speed of broadband service, based on whether companies are willing and able to pay such additional interconnection fees," the group said.

In January, a court ruling struck down the FCC's previous version of such rules. The agency is now collecting public comments on a proposal that would ban ISPs from blocking users' access to websites or applications but allow some "commercially reasonable" deals between content providers and ISPs to prioritize delivery of some traffic.

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