Here's What Might Happen Next In The Struggle For Net Neutrality

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Here's What Might Happen Next In The Struggle For Net Neutrality

Tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Amazon have long expressed their support for the current net neutrality regulations, but Apple had stayed quiet.

According to a report in Recode, the United States tech giant has urged the FCC to not roll back the ban on existing fast lanes, which provides access to various internet services to come to the forefront. Reuters reports the meeting has been canceled, but the committee had invited major tech companies and internet service providers to join the conversation.

The previous record was 3.7 million, which happened during the last time the FCC debated net neutrality.

The four basic points are not blocking websites for certain users, no throttling (creating a fast and slow lane), fostering more transparency between consumers and ISPs, and finally, no paid prioritisation to move to the front of the line.

So far, the FCC has received almost 22 million comments about the issue.

"Paid fast lanes could replace today's content-neutral transmission of internet traffic with differential treatment of content based on an online providers' ability or willingness to pay", wrote Hogan. But even though the FCC has been flooded with public comments in support of those protections, chairman Ajit Pai has remained steadfast in his stance that the rollback is necessary. That's one of the key provisions the FCC now uses to enforce net neutrality.

In its first public comments on the issue, Apple urged the FCC on Thursday to preserve strong net neutrality rules.

"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", said the Committee on Energy and Commerce spokesperson.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission under President Donald Trump has been moving to scrap rules implemented under the Obama administration that regulated broadband internet like a utility. "We work hard to build great products, and what consumers do with those tools is up to them - not Apple, and not broadband providers", Apple said in its comment. It also said that an open internet fosters innovation and investment.

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