Comcast's Cohen: Congress should end FCC's 'Groundhog Day' on net neutrality

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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. Those rules treat regulation of internet more like that of a public utility such as water or electricity and prohibit broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast from creating a tiered system of access, the Guardian reported on Wednesday. In short, the company has opposed "Paid Prioritization" as it may lead to the creation of paid fast lanes on the Internet. Advocates of net neutrality believe that repealing Title II could jeopardize FCC's authority and weaken net neutrality.

At the very least, you can expect companies and organizations to make ex parte filings after holding meetings about net neutrality with FCC commissioners or staff.

The Federal Communications Commission asked for comments on a proposal to kill Obama-era net neutrality rules - and got an earful. But even though the FCC has been flooded with public comments in support of those protections, chairman Ajit Pai has remained steadfast in his stance that the rollback is necessary. This means that many consumers can not switch providers even if they learn that their broadband provider interferes with the internet's openness in a way that they oppose.

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"Paid fast lanes could replace today's content-neutral transmission of internet traffic with differential treatment of content based on an online providers' ability or willingness to pay", wrote Hogan. Providers of online goods and services need assurance that they will be able to reliably reach their customers without interference from the underlying broadband provider.

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

The FCC will continue to collect and post those comments, but only those filed before August 30 are part of the official record the commission has to consider as it makes the decision on whether to roll back Title II classification of internet access providers and reconsider the rules against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization.

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