Small net companies favour net neutrality; they argue its good for economy
Many of the small internet companies have now come forward to urge the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to scrap a plan to roll back net neutrality rules.
In a letter dated on Monday, the companies urged FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse course and vote against changing the rules.
Pai, who is a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, unveiled plans last week to scrap landmark 2015 rules intended to ensure a free and open internet, moving to give broadband service providers sweeping power over what content consumers can access. The FCC is set to vote on December 14.
The move was seen as a victory for big internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc, which favored a repeal.
The companies, which sent the letter on Cyber Monday to coincide with the biggest online shopping day of the year, argued that slowing access to content, called ‘throttling,’ or blocking it altogether, would hurt the US economy.