100+ Tech Titans to FCC: Your Plan Sucks
One commissioner also has concerns about anti-net neutrality rule
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 8, 2014 7:12 AM CDT
Updated May 8, 2014 7:34 AM CDT
In This March 23, 2010, file photo, the Google logo is seen at the Google headquarters in Brussels.   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

(Newser) – The FCC's plan to torpedo net neutrality got a truly impressive burst of backlash today, as a huge coalition of some of the biggest names in tech sent an open letter decrying it as "a grave threat to the Internet," the Verge reports. Well over a hundred companies signed the letter (pdf here), including the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Reddit, Twitter, Kickstarter, Dropbox, Yahoo, Level 3, and eBay.

"Instead of permitting individualized bargaining and discrimination, the Commission’s rules should protect users and Internet companies," the letter says, calling such rules "essential for the future of the Internet." The backlash is being felt within the FCC, too. Yesterday Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said she had "real concerns" about the proposal, and that the May 15 vote should be postponed, Politico reports. Chairman Tom Wheeler remains adamant that the vote will take place, but without Rosenworcel's support it's unlikely to pass.

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May 9, 2014 12:16 AM CDT
Unless you want your internet service run like your cable TV service (pay for "premium packages" or have no access to the websites you want to visit) contact your state representatives and tell them to apply whatever pressure is necessary to stop this from happening. I truly wish we could do something about the prices of cable and satellite TV & cellphone service. The cost is rising and service is getting worse and worse. How did we let them get us by the short hairs...?
May 8, 2014 9:06 AM CDT
This FCC leadership was instituted by Obama right? Hope and Change yall! Chicago politics gotcha!
May 8, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
These companies want to burn the candle at both ends. They want to charge the end user for 'blazing, fast speed' and then not deliver said speed unless it is to a preferred connection of a content provider who ALSO pays for 'blazing, fast speed'. This is a bad direction and it is easy to see where they are heading. They are picking winners and losers here. Guess who are the winners and who are the losers?