In Letter to FCC, Top Tech Firms Back Net-Neutrality

By Andrew Gauthier 

Washington Post

A number of Silicon Valley titans and early technologists of the Web on Monday urged the Federal Communications Commission to move forward with new rules to prevent Internet providers from favoring one application over another.

The support came as debate over the rules reached a fevered pitch, just days before the FCC is scheduled to vote on whether to begin the rule-making process.

A draft of the proposal continues to be tweaked ahead of the vote Thursday, adjusting language to clarify the agency’s approach to “reasonable network management,” a FCC official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Monday.

That section of the proposed rules is being closely watched by telecommunications carriers, particularly wireless network operators, who say they need flexibility to manage traffic to avoid data bottlenecks. More…

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