Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

The FCC and FTC announce partnership to watch the internet burn

The FCC and FTC announce partnership to watch the internet burn

Several famous internet personalities have signed a letter telling the FCC that it doesn't understand how the internet works and that it should cancel the upcoming vote to repeal net neutrality protections which is due for December 14th.

This sentiment was echoed in Monday's letter, whose signatories included Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Mozilla Foundation Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker and Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle.

Other internet pioneers and experts who signed on to Monday's letter - addressed to Sens.

Pai has been actively seeking to repeal the rules protecting net neutrality, which in summary, ensures that the Internet is an open platform for all users and that service providers (ISPs) are neither blocking/slowing the process of retrieving content nor charging people extra to view it.

"As part of the effort, organizers at Fight for the Future say activists will change their relationship status on social media to "'Married" (to net neutrality).'" They might also add "Defending Net Neutrality" as a new job.

Shakeel Dalal speaks to the roughly 100 community members attending the Net Neutrality protest organized by Common Cause in Denver's Skyline Park Saturday afternoon
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Proponents of net neutrality believe that if it's repealed, ISPs will throttle connections and make you pay extra in order to access some websites.

Alongside the net neutrality rollback, Pai has also announced his intentions to remove restrictions on telcos that prevent them from reaching more than 39% of United States households - a further effort to prevent monopolies.

The proposal will be voted on when the FCC meets on 14 December. During a press conference call last week, Wheeler and others said the FTC can only look backward, and that Pai's plan would let ISPs essentially regulate themselves. Once adopted, the order will also require broadband Internet access service providers to disclose their network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of service.

But the Berners-Lee and pals argue that the decision to have such a vote on an anti-net neutrality order, led by Commission chairman Ajit Pai, is "based on flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of internet technology". The FCC, the letter noted, has also not "held a single open public meeting to hear from citizens and experts about the proposed Order" ― a break from "established practice". These include bot-generated comments that impersonated Americans, including dead people, and an unexplained outage of the FCC's on-line comment system that occurred at the very moment TV host John Oliver was encouraging Americans to submit comments to the system. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you". A total of 21 big-name leaders of the Internet world just published an open letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, which oversees the FCC, asking them to request cancellation of the vote soon to be conducted by chairman Ajit Pai.

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