Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: cancel flawed net neutrality vote

Net Neutrality Vote Open Letter Protest

Steve Wozniak one of 21 tech pioneers to blast FCC for flawed approach to net neutrality

But the reports that the proposed repeal plan is expected to be approved have anxious the proponents of a free internet accessible for all, and the letter by the founding fathers of the Internet reflects that sentiment.

Today, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission announced an agreement to coordinate consumer protections following the FCC's December 14 vote to roll back the agency's net neutrality rules. "It should be stopped".

Several famous internet personalities have signed a letter telling the FCC that it doesn't understand how the internet works and that it should cancel the upcoming vote to repeal net neutrality protections which is due for December 14th.

The letter, signed by 21 notable people, was sent to the Senate's commerce subcommittee on communications, technology, innovation and the internet.

Thursday's FCC vote would be on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which the letter said was full of "misunderstandings".

Proponents of net neutrality believe that if it's repealed, ISPs will throttle connections and make you pay extra in order to access some websites. Once adopted, the order will also require broadband Internet access service providers to disclose their network management practices, performance, and commercial terms of service.

Net Neutrality Vote Protest

Also Monday, the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission said the two agencies "would coordinate online consumer protection efforts following the adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order", which is what Pai's plan is titled.

The plans were unveiled by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai, a noted opponent of net neutrality rules who has already removed a number of regulations since his appointment by president Donald Trump. These flaws and inaccuracies were documented in detail in a 43-page-long joint comment signed by over 200 of the most prominent Internet pioneers and engineers and submitted to the FCC on July 17, 2017. The letter makes special mention of the fact that the FCC's proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology.

The experts' comment was not the only one the FCC ignored. The FCC could not possibly have considered these adequately.

The FCC broke with established practice by not holding any public meetings to hear from citizens and experts about the appeal, the letter states.

Sen. Schatz's office also did not respond to a request for comment, although a recent statement by the Hawaii lawmaker said the FCC chairman's plan would leave "the American people with fewer choices and less access".

He added: "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it". The FCC's rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create.

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