Net neutrality: it's AT&T, Comcast vs. Google, Facebook, Amazon

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The docket on the "Restoring Internet Freedom" plan from commission Chairman Ajit Pai closed with more than 21.8 million comments in total-though some have suggested numerous comments aren't from engaged citizens but rather from bots and automated services. He had announced his plan to roll back net neutrality rules in April, saying this will promote competition, create jobs, and give more Americans access to high-speed internet.

Supporters claim the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) push to eliminate or weaken the rules would support renewed investment in America's internet networks, while critics argue the move would empower big business and stifle consumer choice. Form letters (pre-generated portions of text) made up roughly 90 percent of comments supporting net neutrality and 99.6 percent of comments for Title II repeal.

As is standard, comments must be filed by midnight Eastern time on the date of the deadline.

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A recent study shows that approximately 98.5% of comments regarding net neutrality support the US's current net neutrality rules. Still, it's best to get your comments on the record before the end of the day tomorrow. As part of the FCC's review of internet regulations, Pai has asked whether the FCC needs rules that prohibit blocking or throttling traffic, or providing Internet fast lanes. Reuters reports the meeting has been canceled, but the committee had invited major tech companies and internet service providers to join the conversation.

In the letter, the company said, "Apple remains open to alternative sources of legal authority, but only if they provide for strong, enforceable, and legally sustainable protections, like those in place today". "Providers of online goods and services need assurance that they will be able to reach their customers without interference from the underlying broadband providers", said Apple in its comments.

Pai, who has called the internet "the greatest free market success in history", said he wants to go back to the internet rules instituted in 1996 under President Clinton and a Republican Congress. That's one of the key provisions the FCC now uses to enforce net neutrality.

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