Net Neutrality Comments Support The Current Rules, AT&T States
- Author: Wendy Palmer Sep 04, 2017,
Sep 04, 2017, 11:37
Reuters reports the meeting has been canceled, but the committee had invited major tech companies and internet service providers to join the conversation. That regulatory maneuver allowed the FCC to impose rules in 2015 banning paid prioritization and blocking and throttling of content.
While the internet groups enjoy great advantages in advertising, R&D and their ability to pay top salaries, AT&T added, "no one suggests that the government should intervene to level out those sources of competitive inequality among edge providers".
However, this time it has made an exception and filed comments with the FCC. Comcast gave Netflix a spot on X1 previous year, and said it will integrate Google's YouTube and Dish Network Corp.'s (DISH) Sling TV into the platform.
The filing calls for "retain [ing] strong, enforceable open Internet protections" and argues that the FCC's current rules are effective at protecting consumers and online businesses.
It also touched on one other topic that's relevant to the FCC, but often not part of the net neutrality conversation. Instead, the iPhone maker only shares its more general views about the need for net neutrality safeguards. Those rules treat regulation of internet more like that of a public utility such as water or electricity and prohibit broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from creating a tiered system of access.
According to a report in Recode, the U.S. tech giant has urged the FCC to not roll back the ban on existing fast lanes, which provides access to various internet services to come to the forefront. But even though the FCC has been flooded with public comments in support of those protections, chairman Ajit Pai has remained steadfast in his stance that the rollback is necessary. "The result would be an internet with distorted competition where online providers are driven to reach deals with broadband providers or risk being stuck in the slow lane and losing customers due to lower quality service".
Pai's argument against net neutrality is based on the idea that it deters investments into internet infrastructure, but some internet service providers say that's not the case. "It was all about politics".