This Is What Apple Has to Say About the Net Neutrality Debate

James Marshall
September 1, 2017

The application programming interface for the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System that enables public comment on proposed rule changes-such as the dropping of net neutrality regulations now being pushed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai-has been the source of some controversy already. This proposal also recommended that broadband Internet access be eligible for Federal universal service fund support to spur deployment in unserved areas and to support programs to encourage broadband adoption by low-income populations. Competition between providers of the "last-mile broadband connections" is considered to be crucial for protecting an open internet, with Apple citing FCC data claiming 57 percent of Americas with fixed broadband connections meeting or exceeding the current FCC benchmark for advanced broadband services have the choice of only one provider. "We work hard to build great products, and what consumers do with those tools is up to them - not Apple, and not broadband providers". "Lifting the current ban on paid prioritization arrangements could allow broadband providers to favor the transmission of one provider's content or services". "So far internet people have discovered that you can upload video and play it back using an FCC.gov link, though some have been having trouble uploading, while others playing with the vulnerability are clearly not".

The comment argues that the protections are important to consumers, and follows some of the arguments that net neutrality advocates have made in the past. In June, 30 internet service companies wrote to the FCC to show support for net neutrality.

The revelation comes after left-wing activists online were hoaxed into thinking that the FCC had issued a statement calling Chairman Ajit Pai a "filthy spineless cuck".

Until now, Apple mostly avoided the net neutrality debate, though Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said earlier this year that might change if it became a topic of political discussion.

In its first comment on the FCC's proposed rollback of net neutrality rules, Apple called on the agency to keep "strong, enforceable open internet protections".

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