Apple Joins Latest Battle Over Net Neutrality

The FCC Still Wants to End Net Neutrality. Wednesday Is the Last Day to Speak Out.

Apple said the current rules reflect open internet principles and that those principles "should form the foundation of any net neutrality framework going forward".

Apple's stance on the issue dovetails with that of many tech companies: Many tech firms say that, given the opportunity, Internet service providers could strangle new apps and websites by forcing them to pay fees or by providing better, faster service for only some apps and sites.

The filing calls for "retain [ing] strong, enforceable open Internet protections" and argues that the FCC's current rules are effective at protecting consumers and online businesses.

In its comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Apple has sided with net neutrality and is seeking preservation of internet laws by preventing internet service providers from interfering and blocking with web surfing.

The previous record was 3.7 million, which happened during the last time the FCC debated net neutrality. "First, consumers need to be able to make informed choices about their purchase and use of broadband services", Cynthia C. Hogan, Vice President, Public Policy for Apple Inc. wrote in the letter.

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It also touched on one other topic that's relevant to the FCC, but often not part of the net neutrality conversation.

"The telecom industry's own study essentially shows what almost all other polling on this issue has shown: that they are getting trounced when it comes to public opinion, and people from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly agree that they don't want their ISPs to have control over what they can see and do on the Internet", Evan Greer, campaign director of open internet advocacy group Fight for the Future said.

While Apple is gearing up to unveil the 10th-anniversary edition iPhone 8, the company has also made a last-minute appeal with the FCC for a strong set of#Net Neutrality rules. But even with the fate of the open internet at stake, Pai's proposal might sail through without a huge public fight.

There are 21.9 million fillings on the FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" docket already, blowing away the four million received before the 2015 decision that imposed net neutrality rules.

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