Technology giants Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook are just some of the companies who have submitted letters to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) petitioning and “rejecting” a recent proposal from the organization’s chairman Tom Wheeler, according to an article recently published on the CNN Money website. The Wheeler proposal, which partially allows “Internet service providers to charge online content companies for priority access to customers” – is said by these companies to be dangerous and threatens to create a “fast lane for Internet access“, according to the report.
The article states that Twitter and Netflix are of the other companies who contacted the FCC to aid in “sounding the alarm” and notifying that this plan poses “a grave threat to the Internet.” A statement from the letter was quoted in the article saying, “Instead of permitting individualized bargaining and discrimination, the Commission’s rules should protect users and Internet companies… against blocking, discrimination and paid prioritization“. According to the CNN Money report, the requirements of this plan would, “require broadband providers to give subscribers some yet-to-be-determined “baseline” of speed for all websites and Internet services.”
The article goes on to clarify that Wheeler’s proposal allows “broadband companies to seek payments from firms like Amazon, eBay and Netflix to ensure that their sites load faster than those of competitors” and that “Internet providers must act in a ‘commercially reasonable manner’ when making such agreements with content companies.” These proposed rules will come up for vote by the commission on May 15 before they will be released for “public comment“, but since the “broad outlines” already appeared last month, they are already facing “heated opposition“, according to the report. Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the five FCC commissioners, said in this article that this proposal has “generated tens of thousands of emails, hundreds of calls, [and] commentary all across the Internet.” She was quoted in the article to say, “We need to respect that input and we need time for that input.”
Read more about this proposal in the full CNN Money article and find out how these tech giants are dealing with the plan which they see as “a grave threat to the Internet.“