Our FCC filing regarding 17-108 in Defense of Net Neutrality

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in From the Cloud, Press Releases | Comments Off on Our FCC filing regarding 17-108 in Defense of Net Neutrality

Below is our FCC filing regarding 17-108 : Restoring Internet Freedom, where we offer arguments in support of Net Neutrality.

Brief Comments: The premise of net neutrality is that an ISP cannot throttle or block access to content based on the application used to access it, the user accessing it, the device it is accessed with, or the location of the content being accessed.

The monopolistic nature of the Internet Service Provider industry in the United States makes net neutrality one of the few core enablers of an open and free Internet. In many markets, only one ISP, often the cable company, is present. Other markets maybe have at best two broadband ISPs. This leaves customers with little recourse if their ISPs are allowed to favor access to websites or services that perhaps provide them a kickback, while disallowing or slowing down access to websites or services that do not. More directly, ISPs are beginning to directly sell the actual content they plan to serve their customers over the Internet. What is to stop them from making Amazon’s Prime Video service untenable and slow in order to drive business to their own digital storefronts? The answer is simple. Net Neutrality.

There are some points of argument made in favor of disregarding net neutrality, perhaps the most prevalent being that certain applications (such as BitTorrent) dis-proportionally gobble up bandwidth or that services from certain dominant providers (such as Netflix) do the same. Where this argument fails to measure up is that customers are already paying for the bandwidth they use to access such service, and likewise, sites and services on the web also pay for their bandwidth. There is little rationale for allowing ISPs to double-dip at the expense of customers and businesses.

To be 100% clear, net neutrality is key to insuring basic consumer protections remain on the Internet, as well as insuring startups and new businesses are not hustled off the web by the very ISPs that are supposed to connect them to their customers via the bandwidth both are already paying for.