Internet Association Asks FCC To Keep Net Neutrality Rules


The Internet Association, a group of web companies that includes major players like Google and Amazon, recently met with the FCC's top brass, including Chairman Ajit Pai, to talk about net neutrality. They spoke about the recently repealed internet privacy rules, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and a number of other topical subjects. In the name of transparency, the Internet Association filed a public document detailing the issues that were talked about and what members of the Internet Association had to say to the FCC officials about those issues and relevant laws. The Ex Parte document, seeing as it originates from the Internet Association, did not go over the FCC's responses in great detail and instead chose to speak more generally.

The star issue of the day was obviously net neutrality, as the Internet Association pleaded with the FCC to leave the current rules in place as they were. The Internet Association stated that current rules fulfill all the principle values behind a free and open internet, such as keeping providers from charging for special access or slowing down certain sites or content. The document did not state the FCC's response or even mentioned if there was one, but President Trump's FCC under Pai has made no secret of its animosity toward the Open Internet Act in the past.

On the recently axed broadband provider privacy rules, the Internet Association said first and foremost that web companies as a whole were mostly united in their agreement with those rules and their importance. They reiterated the official stance that they took during the filings and voting that eventually obliterated the rules, namely that they saw the rules as a way to keep data collection transparent and help protect consumers' critical information and privacy. As for the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Internet Association said that they did support the intent of the rules, but stated that they were recently under pressure over some terms of those rules, adding that some consumers were asking for changes of the thereof. Because of that, they petitioned the FCC to reform the rules, but the FCC denied their request.

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