Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Apple to FCC: Here's Why Repealing Net Neutrality Is a Bad Idea

Apple to FCC: Here's Why Repealing Net Neutrality Is a Bad Idea

With Republican Ajit Pai taking over as Chairman of the FCC and shelving ISP regulations put in place by the previous Democratic-led administration, Comcast has been a leader among telecom companies, calling for new regulation of the internet that doesn't include the Title II stipulations of the previous regime.

Net neutrality, or more specifically the Trump FCC's attempts to butcher it, are a hot topic lately.

The comment argues that the protections are important to consumers, and follows some of the arguments that net neutrality advocates have made in the past.

It will be hard to figure out exactly how many comments were filed by the deadline since the FCC is at the same time posting comments that have come in in the two days since the deadline.

After a long silence, Apple defended net neutrality in a letter to the FCC Thursday.

In the four-page filing to the Federal Communications Commission, Apple laid out its thoughts on how the FCC should retain "strong and enforceable" open Internet protections. "There is simply no reasonable justification for repealing the net neutrality protections now on the books".

"As negotiations progress on a permanent solution for net neutrality that ensures a free and open internet, the committee will postpone the original hearing in order to allow talks between stakeholders to continue", said the Committee on Energy and Commerce spokesperson.

Playing up a track record in innovative devices that goes back to the Macintosh in 1984, Apple said that its ecosystem of devices, operating systems, apps and online stores requires "fair and open access to broadband services". "The internet is not, and never has been, "neutral" in the traffic flows that affect how customers experience the services offered by different edge providers", AT&T wrote.

"Nothing about the internet was broken in 2015", he said, speaking of when the FCC moved to regulate the internet as a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

If the net neutrality rules are repealed, internet service providers stand to make major profits: They'll be able to charge both customers for internet access and websites for so-called fast lane access.

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