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A Massive Coalition of Tech Companies Sent the FCC a Letter

| 8 May 2014 00:05
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Over 120 companies signed the letter to the FCC about the benefits of an open Internet. The Tech Super Friends are here!

Al Franken isn't the only one upset by the FCC's lack of teeth on net neutrality.

Well over 100 tech companies, led by giants including Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft, sent a letter to the FCC today.

The letter, first seen by The Verge, does not explicity demand net neutrality. Instead, it talks about the benefits of an open Internet, including free speech, and opportunity for innovation.

"Instead of permitting individualized bargaining and discrimination, the Commission's rules should protect users and Internet companies on both fixed and mobile platforms against blocking, discrimination, and paid prioritization, and should make the market for Internet services more transparent. The rules should provide certainty to all market participants and keep the costs of regulation low."

Some of the companies who signed the letter, including Amazon, had not taken a formal stance on net neutrality until now. Now that a formal coalition of sorts is on paper, the FCC has a group of corporations seemingly opposed to those in favor of a "fast lane" policy (Verizon, Comcast, etc.)

You can read the letter in its entirety, signatories included, here.

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