July 15 is the deadline for public comment on the FCC’s proposed changes to net neutrality regulations. In this 60 day period, the FCC is reporting they have received close to 675000 comments so far – that’s a BIG number. Perhaps one of the more influential statements came today from The Internet Association, a consortium of Silicon Valley heavy hitters who banded together (at least in this forum) a year and a half ago to lobby on behalf of the industry’s interest. In an email issued this morning, they strongly advocated for retaining an open internet, espousing three tenets:
1. Internet Users Should Get What They Want, When They Want It
The Internet should be free from censorship, discrimination and anticompetitive behavior, protected by simple and enforceable rules that ensure a consumer’s equal access to the content they want.
2. Internet Users Should Get What They Pay For
Broadband subscribers should get the bandwidth they are paying for – content should be treated equally, without degradations in speed or quality. No artificial slow lanes.
3. All Networks Should Have Equal Protection
No matter how users choose to connect to the Internet, net neutrality rules should apply universally on both wireless and wireline networks.
It remains to be seen how much influence the ‘voice’ of innovation may have – many big companies are included in this group and they stand to gain from less competition, but still see the value in fostering the new.
Should be an interesting week…