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Saturday November 15, 2014

Ford, Visa, UPS, and Bank of America Quietly Unite in Net Neutrality Fight

A corporate alliance consisting of reps from Ford Motor, Visa, UPS, Bank of America, and others have been quietly but firmly urging the FCC to reclassify broadband service under Title II. The alliance is known as the "Ad Hoc Telecommunications Users Committee" and keeps a low profile despite being being over 30 years old and containing some very powerful members. According to the AHTUC filing (which is conveniently linked in the article), their concern is double-dipping by ISPs.

"Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" was the subject under discussion, according to the FCC disclosures, and Ad Hoc Telecom members argued that Internet providers have "terminating access monopolies." That bit of telecom jargon means that a company trying to reach a customer has to go through the Internet providers first. Widespread concerns that Internet providers will exploit that power is the entire justification for net neutrality rules.