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US Internet Companies Lobby FCC To Keep The Web Open

As the debate over the neutrality of the internet intensifies, some of the leading technology companies have joined forces to urge for regulations that allow for a free internet in the US.

A letter has been signed by chief executives of companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Mozilla, eBay, Flickr, Skype and Sony Electronics to name a few and sent to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In the document, the technology companies have explained their rationale behind the need for an open internet and mentioned “An open Internet fuels a competitive and efficient marketplace, where consumers make the ultimate choices about which products succeed and which fail. This allows businesses of all sizes, from the smallest startup to corporations, to compete, yielding maximum economic growth.”

In their efforts to keep the internet open and free, these companies have tried to emphasise the fact that an open internet has allowed the United States to attain leadership in the technology sector and hence it is vital that it remains free for retaining their competitive advantage.

It must be noted that many groups - mainly telecommunication firms - have opposed the idea of a free internet and the FCC has got representations from congressmen and members of House of Representatives who have advocated against an open internet sans regulations.

Our Comments

A free and open internet is the way forward but then someone has to pay for maintaining and rehauling the infrastructure. Telecommunications companies will maintain that they must be allowed to continue charging higher prices because they need to constantly upgrading their networks to keep up with the exponential rise in bandwidth consumption.

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