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House Panel Wants Google, Facebook, AT&T CEOs To Testify On Internet Rules (reuters.com) 35

The chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday asked the chief executives of Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon.com, AT&T, Verizon Communications and other companies to testify at a Sept. 7 hearing on the future of net neutrality rules. From a report: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is considering tossing out 2015 Obama administration net neutrality rules that reclassified internet service like a public utility. The rules bar providers from blocking, slowing or offering paid prioritization of websites. Many internet providers want Congress to step in and write permanent rules. Other chief executives asked to testify include the heads of Comcast, Netflix and Charter. Some companies including Facebook said they were reviewing the letter but none immediately said if they will testify.
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House Panel Wants Google, Facebook, AT&T CEOs To Testify On Internet Rules

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  • by wizkid ( 13692 ) on Tuesday July 25, 2017 @02:10PM (#54876087) Homepage

    Accept the users of the internet. Our government for the people!

    • by gnick ( 1211984 )

      [Except] the users of the internet. Our government for the people!

      We need to institute a system where we, the people, elect individuals to represent us. We could call them Representatives.

  • by rsilvergun ( 571051 ) on Tuesday July 25, 2017 @03:21PM (#54876563)
    but with the Republicans in control of all branches of government this is a dead end. They should spend their time defending what's left of our tattered healthcare system. It'd be one thing if the Dems presented some kind of unified opposition and/or a few of the other side were willing to jump rank. But right now the only way Net Neutrality is coming back is if a law passes and unless the Dems win the House _and_ Senate (almost impossible with Gerrymandering no matter what the polls say and that's before the effects of voter suppression are felt) then we're done.

    Face it, America isn't a Democracy. We never have been. Hell, there's talk on the Right of eliminating our right to vote for Senators. They're not even pretending anymore.
    • "Hell, there's talk on the Right of eliminating our right to vote for Senators. They're not even pretending anymore."

      Source? I mean, I know they are pretty crazy, but cmon... They revere the Constitution like their bibles...

      • To better protect our citizens and our member States, the President has superseded and suspended the Federal Senate for the duration of this emergency. We are sure you shall all do everything in your power to assist us during this time of crisis.
      • Here [thinkprogress.org] you go. ALEC is a pretty big deal. The fact they'd even talk about it openly shows how far we've come.
    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      Reality is the end of net neutrality would hugely negatively impact the majority of businesses. Any company that wants to deal directly with consumers is under threat, any company. All can have their traffic crippled to favour competitors, especially those competitors with investments from the telecom executive team. Their traffic can be strangled right off, made to be intermittent, be interrupted by commercials for competing product and that is regular product not content. Anyone distributing high volume c

      • you're thinking like a small biz owner. A big biz wants to kill Net Neutrality because it hurts their competition (who can't afford the fees).
        • I think like a business owner that isn't an ISP. Because their train of thought would certainly be "Hey, cool idea. I'll make my own version and yours, well, sucks to be you because your traffic will now be very, very slow because I need to convince your customers to use my flavor".

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