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Web pioneers plead to cancel US net vote

Sun Online Desk     12th December, 2017 10:59:24 printer

Web pioneers plead to cancel US net vote

 

Several influential figures responsible for creating the internet have demanded that a controversial vote to be cancelled.

 

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide on whether to repeal an Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality".

 

It refers to the principle that all traffic on the internet is treated equally.

 

The pioneers said the FCC did not know what it was doing.

 

"It is important to understand that the FCC’s proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of internet technology," the open letter read.

 

Signees included several of the architects of the early internet and world wide web, such as Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, along with Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder.

 

Several influential figures responsible for creating the internet have demanded that a controversial vote to be cancelled.

 

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide on whether to repeal an Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality".

 

It refers to the principle that all traffic on the internet is treated equally.

 

The pioneers said the FCC did not know what it was doing.

 

The letter calls for the vote, due to be held on 14 December, to be cancelled due to what the authors regard as a lack of transparency and a refusal to listen to critics of the plan.

 

The letter, signed by 21 notable people, was sent to the Senate's commerce subcommittee on communications, technology, innovation and the internet.

 

This week could be pivotal in the history of the internet. Although it is yet to vote, there is no doubt that the Republican-controlled FCC will choose to end net neutrality when it makes its ruling on Thursday, reports BBC.


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