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04 September 2017, 11:36 | Vickie Mathis
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Assuming the FCCs proceeds as expected and dismantles existing net neutrality rules, bothsides of the debate are expected to lobby congress to establish new net neutrality laws - hence, the goal of the September 7 hearing, to kickstart a public debate.
The FCC, led by its Chairman Ajit Pai, voted in May to start the formal process of unwinding the 2015 rules.
An Apple representative declined to comment further on the filing.
Technically, the docket will remain open after the comment deadline.
"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", he said. Still, it's best to get your comments on the record before the end of the day tomorrow. "Simply put, the internet is too important to consumers and too essential to innovation to be left unprotected and uncertain", the company said in the letter. The FCC'sproposal asks whether the agency should eliminate the rule banning Internet service providers from creating fast lanes (or slow lanes) that could favour one service over another, which critics say could allow them to pick winners and losers online. However, Apple has said that it has no problem trying out alternative sources of legal authority, as long as, the body provides legally sustainable, enforceable and strong protections. Based on the FCC's latest data, 57 percent of Americans with access to fixed broadband at or above 25Mbps/3Mbps-the current FCC benchmark for advanced broadband service-have only one choice of broadband provider. The businesses warn policymakers that, "While big companies might be able to afford a pay-to-play prioritized "fast lane" to users, small and medium sized enterprises like ours can not". "There is simply no reasonable justification for repealing the net neutrality protections now on the books".
"Second, online providers need clear information about the management and performance of residential broadband services to understand that their services will be delivered to their customers as intended".
Pai has said the rules are bad for jobs and investment, and amount to "the government controlling the internet".
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