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Internet pioneers point out all the problems with the FCC’s net neutrality repeal

Internet pioneers tell FCC the proposed order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of internet technology.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Dec 11, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:24 am CDT

Internet creators and other prominent figures in Silicon Valley penned a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress, asking for the cancellation of the Dec. 14 vote to repeal net neutrality protections.

Internet pioneers including Mitchell Baker, executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation; Steven M. Bellovin, FTC Chief Technologist; and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; came together to explain to the FCC why a vote against net neutrality would cause damage to internet users in the United States.

“This proposed Order would repeal key network neutrality protections that prevent Internet access providers from blocking content, websites and applications, slowing or speeding up services or classes of service, and charging online services for access or fast lanes to Internet access providers’ customers,” the letter said. “The proposed Order would also repeal oversight over other unreasonable discrimination and unreasonable practices, and over interconnection with last-mile Internet access providers.”


The letter also basically told the FCC that they just don’t understand how the internet works.

“It is important to understand that the FCC’s proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology,” they said.

The letter detailed how prior to this letter, internet pioneers had submitted a 43-page-long joint comment that explained all the flaws and inaccuracies included in the Order that will be voted on this week. They said these comments were ignored.

“The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create,” they said. “It should be stopped.”

Read the full letter here.

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*First Published: Dec 11, 2017, 1:15 pm CST