FCC Chairman Revises Net Neutrality Proposal Following Criticism From Some Of The Biggest Tech Companies

FCC Chairman Revises Net Neutrality Proposal Following Criticism From Some Of The Biggest Tech Companies (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Following the criticism last week from more than 100 tech companies, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has revised his Net Neutrality proposal to include the ban of “certain types of fast-lanes, including prioritization given by ISPs to their subsidiaries that make and stream content,” USA Today reports.

Last week tech companies, including firms such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook, expressed their disapproval with Wheeler’s proposal that would allow Internet service providers to charge companies for faster loading speeds.

On Wednesday, the tech firms sent a letter to Wheeler claiming that the proposal would pose “a 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,” states the letter. “The rules should provide certainty to all market participants and keep the costs of regulation low.”

On May 15th, the federal agency will vote on whether to release the proposal to public comment, with a date for a final vote later this year.

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