What is net neutrality?
A vote by the Federal Communications Commission on December 14, 2017 will decide on the fate of net neutrality. But what is it?
Steve Wozniak and other tech pioneers are trolling the FCC’s efforts to end net neutrality with a new letter that says, “You don’t need to understand how the internet works.”
Internet founders, including Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf are among the 21 people who signed Monday a letter, which called on Congress to dissolve, and the upcoming net neutrality vote.
To the repeal of the net neutrality rules represent a “threat to the internet we have worked so hard to create,” the pioneers say in their letter.
The FCC is scheduled for the end of the protections on Thursday, in what is likely to be a partisan 3-2 vote. However, the proponents of net neutrality are staging protests and urging Congress to intervene.
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The tech pioneers are joining those conversations, and say that the upcoming vote will dismantle 15 years of supervision with respect to internet service providers.
The protection in the case to prevent Isps blocking content and throttling of internet speeds to the detriment of the consumer, the tech pioneers say. The letter goes on to claim that the FCC has a “flawed and factually incorrect understanding” of internet technology, including what Isps can actually do.
These errors were highlighted in a 43-page document, signed by more than 200 technical experts back in July, but that the FCC chose to look.
The tech pioneers also have a problem with the flood of online comments the FCC has received with respect to net neutrality, but has never considered. Nor has the FCC held an open meeting for the public to discuss the upcoming withdrawal.
Monday the letter in the cc the FCC, but in the first place addressed to the leaders of the congress sub-committees covering communications and technology.
The FCC has not yet responded to the letter so far. But on Monday, it announced an agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to crack down on Isps that block content or throttle internet speeds without making consumers aware of it.
“Instead of saddling the Internet with heavy-handed regulations, we are working together to take targeted action against bad actors,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.