Wednesday April 12, 2017

Big Internet Firms to Oppose GOP Plans to Roll Back Net-Neutrality Rules

The Wall Street Journal today has a story about The Internet Association, a trade group consisting of companies such as Netflix and Facebook resisting the GOP's plans to roll back Net Neutrality protections. While there were no announcements from individual member companies, the trade group notified FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a meeting that it "continues its vigorous support of the FCC’s [net-neutrality] order".

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The association has previously argued that reclassification of internet-service providers as common carriers isn’t necessary to effective open-internet regulation. Still, Tuesday’s regulatory filing suggests the group has begun to mount a vigorous defense of the existing FCC rules. Notably, the group said the rules should be enforced by the FCC.