Web pioneers plead to cancel United States net vote

The Net Neutrality protest in front of the Verizon Store near Bryant Park in NYC on December 7

The Net Neutrality protest in front of the Verizon Store near Bryant Park in NYC on December 7

"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", the letter said. We are writing to respectfully urge you to call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to cancel the December 14 vote on the FCC's proposed Restoring Internet Freedom Order (WC Docket No. 17-108 ).

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The net neutrality rules have broad support from members of the public across the political spectrum, according to multiple polls.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last month unveiled plans to repeal the rules that prohibit internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content.

This letter has been signed by 21 people, including Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf; World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak; Paul Vixie, who designed several widely used Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications among others.

"The time has come to overturn the market disrupting net neutrality and common carrier regulations that sacrificed decades of precedent and the independence of the agency for political ends while doing nothing to protect actual consumers", Republican Commissioner Michael O'Rielly said in a November statement.

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A draft agreement announced by the FCC and FTC today outlines how the agencies will work together after net neutrality is killed.

Tech companies, from startups to tech giants, have advocated for net neutrality. The five-seat body is now controlled by a Republican majority, and Pai's plans are expected to be approved with few issues.

Alongside the net neutrality rollback, Pai has also announced his intentions to remove restrictions on telcos that prevent them from reaching more than 39% of USA households - a further effort to prevent monopolies.

Under these rules, internet service providers (ISPs) would be allowed to choose their own net neutrality standards to follow, allowing them to regulate themselves with regards to throttling, paid prioritization and website blocking. He said then that the 2015 decision was a mistake and that his proposal would have the federal government "stop micromanaging the Internet".

Meanwhile, internet experts, pioneers and users are anxious about internet service providers losing oversight and possibly feeling emboldened to throttle, block and censor content and services. NY attorney general Eric Schneiderman recently called the FCC to put off the vote due to these fake comments, claiming that over 1 million Americans had their identities falsely used on the forum.

"Make [sic] no doubt, the circulation of this order will bring the "sky is falling" crowd to the fore, and they will foretell a day when websites will be blocked, content censored and internet access controlled by ISP overlords", wrote Joan Marsh, AT&T's executive vice president of regulatory & state external affairs.

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