Several communications-industry heavyweights are responding to today's much-anticipated Internet-wide Day of Action to support net neutrality. Some are pushing for Congressional intervention --
a legislative solution that would end the FCC's game of regulatory ping pong -- but they face resistance from net neutrality advocates who argue that the issue has already been decided by the courts. Moreover, any new legislation, advocates say, would simply align with new efforts to overturn the 2015 Open Internet Order.
Fight for the Future, freepress and Demand Progress organized the event to precede the Federal Communications Commission's July 17 public comment deadline on its proposed changes to net neutrality rules and Title II. About 80,000 companies, websites and organizations joined the movement, freepress said.
These include public-interest groups like Free Press Action Fund, the Center for Media Justice, Demand Progress and Fight for the Future, along with companies like Airbnb, Amazon, Etsy, Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, reddit, Spotify and Twitter. To promote their cause, organizers created shareable banners and alerts, and made it simple for consumers to contact the FCC and Congress before the FCC's July 17 deadline for comments.
While some operators, such as Spectrum and T-Mobile, did not address the topic on their websites or social networks, others chose to do so; most frequently, CSPs lobbied for Congress, not the FCC, to decide on Internet guidelines. Open Internet protections, argued Will Johnson, senior vice president of Federal Regulatory & Legal Affairs at Verizon (which did not participate in today's event), "deserve to be written in ink, not pencil."
Here's a look at what some industry titans said publicly about today's Day of Action, net neutrality and the FCC's move to overturn Title II, along with comments from the three organizing groups.
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In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:
Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
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