US operators battling Net Neutrality

US operators battling Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality fight
FCC and operators battling it out

Operators in the United States are pleading with regulators to change their approach.  Service Providers have filed a new request with the FCC to alter the new regulations.  This comes on the heels of the seven law suits that have already been filed against the FCC’s Net Neutrality regulations.  While this time around the Telcos didn’t ask the FCC to back away from open Internet principles:

Instead, the groups and companies sought to block the agency’s move to reclassify broadband Internet as a more heavily regulated telecommunications service, and a new broad general conduct standard that prohibits Internet providers from “unreasonably interfering” with consumers’ access to the web. 

The FCC thinks it’s well prepared for this round of the legal bout.

The FCC on Thursday asked to transfer the pending cases to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which has twice rejected its previous versions of net neutrality rules but last year confirmed its authority to set Internet regulations.

The latest move by the industry underscores the cost of compliance with the new regulations.

AT&T executives said that it would cost the company about $400 million in lost revenue to end current marketing practices in order to set up new procedures for compliance with the tighter, though yet unspecified, privacy protection requirements for broadband providers.

The filings came from the USTelecom Association, CTIA-The Wireless Association, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the American Cable Association, AT&T, CenturyLink and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association.

More Here… [Tech Times]

While the US Net Neutrality saga moves into the courtroom, elsewhere things are just getting started.  India is the next major theatre in the Net Neutrality war.  While regulators are in discussions with operators about effectively charging or taxing OTT operators for using the network, subscribers are also voicing their opinions:

Four million mobile subscribers have supported COAI’s campaign favoring net neutrality for internet-based communication services like WhatsApp and Skype and their being subject to norms similar to those applying to mobile phone operators, the apex body of cellular operators said on Sunday

More Here… [Indian Express]

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