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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: cancel flawed net neutrality vote

The agreement was produced by the FCC and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and it's said to ensure that "internet service providers live up to the promises they make to consumers", following the adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. 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. "Instead of saddling the internet with heavy-handed regulations, we will work together to take targeted action against bad actors".

Here, in India, we are going through the grinding of that process and thankfully, after over a year of consultation papers, public comments and meetings, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last month made a decision to uphold the supremacy of net neutrality in India. None. It bucks 22 years of consensus under Republican and Democratic FCC chairmen that Americans have a right to access all legal content and the FCC has a duty to enforce that right.

Local tech leaders and entrepreneurs who spoke at Monday's press conference, however, said net neutrality and the access it allows is key for the growth of businesses and ideas.

"Not only is the FCC eliminating basic net neutrality rules, but it's joining forces with the FTC to say it will only act when a broadband provider is deceiving the public", said Chris Lewis, VP of broadband advocacy group Public Knowledge.

However, as long as ISPs inform customers of what they are doing it, they will have free reign to do it.

Once the repeal is passed, the FTC will be tasked with going after internet providers that engage in unfair or deceptive practices, but net neutrality supporters argue that the agency is not equipped to prevent companies from abusing their power over web traffic. In an open letter to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, 21 signatories said that FCC chairman Ajit Pai's "rushed and technically incorrect" plan to repeal net neutrality "is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create".

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: cancel flawed net neutrality vote
FCC, FTC announce partnership to police internet after net neutrality repeal

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet".

The FCC's pledge reads that internet providers must be transparent in providing "information concerning an ISP's practices with respect to blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and congestion management".

The FCC now classifies internet providers as utilities - meaning that they are not allowed to artificially limit the speeds of certain web traffic or to charge certain companies more than others to allow customers to access them.

Pai's proposal is opposed by large internet companies including Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc.

In a move created to allay fears of foul play, the FCC and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday announced new coordination to clamp down on unfair behaviour from telecoms companies.

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