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Internet Founding Fathers Demand Congress Stop FCC From Repealing Net Neutrality This Week

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Internet Founding Fathers Demand Congress Stop FCC From Repealing Net Neutrality This Week




Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf, tech legends considered to be the “founding fathers of the internet,” have sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to stop the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from repealing former President Obama’s net neutrality rules, saying the move posts “an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create.”

The letter sent to top congressional Republicans and Democrats overseeing the agency was signed by Tim Berners-Lee and Vinton Cerf, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Mitchell Baker, the head of the Mozilla Foundation.

The group wrote, “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. It should be stopped.”

The FCC is expected to vote to scrap the Obama-era consumer protections on Thursday.

The proposal will bring an end to the restrictions on internet providers that required them to treat all web traffic equally.




“The proposed Order removes long-standing FCC oversight over Internet access providers without an adequate replacement to protect consumers, free markets and online innovation,” the letter reads.

The group of internet innovators ripped FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for structuring the repeal proposal on a “flawed and factually inaccurate understanding” of the internet and for not holding public hearings on scrapping the rules.





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