Internet pioneers call on USA to stop 'flawed and factually inaccurate' plan

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: cancel flawed net neutrality vote

The letter also states: "The technically-incorrect proposed Order dismantles 15 years of targeted oversight from both Republican and Democratic FCC chairs, who understood the threats that Internet access providers could pose to open markets on the Internet". We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote on the FCC's proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order (WC Docket No. 17-108 ).

Jody Rose, executive director of the New England Venture Capital Association, said that although companies are built on "the foundation of equal access to the internet", net neutrality is "more than just an economic issue". The FCC is now majority-Republican and the agency is expected to vote for the repeal, meaning that by as early as January 2018, the net neutrality rules will be off the books and internet providers could start to charge websites for faster lanes or discriminate against content vis à vis connection speeds however they please.

Tech and Internet pioneers including father of the world wide web Sir Tim Berner-Lee, early internet leader Vint Cerf, and Apple co-founder and opinion spouter Steve Wozniak, along with others put their signatures on the letter which argues that the Commission basically hasn't got a clue what it's talking about.

The FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order would return jurisdiction to the FTC to police the conduct of ISPs, including with respect to their privacy practices.

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A draft agreement announced by the FCC and FTC today outlines how the agencies will work together after net neutrality is killed.

Net neutrality means that all online services and websites have to be treated equally by Internet Service Providers. "Repeal of net neutrality regulations would not only allow telecoms to limit consumer choice for economic gain, but also allow them to pick and choose the content available - essentially, information gerrymandering".

Pai's proposal is expected to be approved on a 3-2 party line vote. The five-seat body is now controlled by a Republican majority, and Pai's plans are expected to be approved with few issues.

As part of nation-wide actions, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Verizon store on Market Street in downtown San Francisco to show opposition to the FCC decision on November 21 to end net neutrality.

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The plan to repeal had been welcomed by internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.S. like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, who could get sweeping powers to decide what web content consumers get, and at what price.

For example, if a broadband provider owns its own video streaming service, it could greatly slow down - or even outright block - traffic to rival services like Netflix.

Pai's proposal is opposed by large internet companies including Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel also says, especially in light of the alleged fake comments skam, directly calling Congress to voice concerns is a must.

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