Apple Net Neutrality Comments to FCC: Don't Allow Fast Lanes

Posted September 04, 2017

Apple said the current rules reflect open internet principles and that those principles "should form the foundation of any net neutrality framework going forward". Based on the FCC's latest data, 57 percent of Americans with access to fixed broadband at or above 25Mbps/3Mbps-the current FCC benchmark for advanced broadband service-have only one choice of broadband provider.

Pai, a Republican who also served on the FCC under President Obama and took over the agency in January, introduced a new proposal that would rescind the net neutrality rules, which the Republican-led FCC could vote on by the end of the year.

A congressional hearing on net neutrality that was slated for September 7 isn't happening after several major tech companies did not accept invitations for their CEOs to testify.

Debates over the comment section on the FCC's proposal-which would undo a 2015 decision to reclassify ISPs as common carriers and treat the internet as a public utility-have proven to be every bit as contentious as the debate over the topic of net neutrality itself.

It will be hard to figure out exactly how many comments were filed by the deadline since the FCC is at the same time posting comments that have come in in the two days since the deadline. 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.

"Apple remains open to alternative sources of legal authority, but only if they provide for strong, enforceable, and legally sustainable protections, like those in place today", it continued.

It also touched on one other topic that's relevant to the FCC, but often not part of the net neutrality conversation.

"The importance of broadband provider transparency to the open internet is twofold". Providers of online goods and services need assurance that they will be able to reliably reach their customers without interference from the underlying broadband provider.

Pai has said the rules are bad for jobs and investment, and amount to "the government controlling the internet".