Google et al voice support for net neutrality


Industry heavyweights including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Sony and Twitter have joined forces to pledge their support for the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) stance on net neutrality.

In a letter sent to the FCC, signed off by the big names, the collective expresses how important it is to them, the economy and innovation that the web stay as open as it has done historically.

This view is at odds with how some ISPs want the internet to be regulated going forward.

"An open internet fuels a competitive and efficient marketplace, where consumers make the ultimate choices about which products succeed and which fail. This allows businesses of all sizes, from the smallest startup to larger corporations, to compete, yielding maximum economic growth and opportunity," stated the letter. The letter continued: "America's leadership in the technology space has been due, in large part, to the open internet. We applaud your leadership in initiating a process to develop rules to ensure that the qualities that have made the internet so successful are protected."

Other signatories voicing their support were Cbeyond, Craigslist, Digg, EchoStar Corporation, Expedia, Flickr, IAC, Linkedin, Meetup, Mozilla, OpenDNS, Skype, Tivo, Vuze, XO Communications, YouTube and Zynga.

Maggie Holland

Maggie has been a journalist since 1999, starting her career as an editorial assistant on then-weekly magazine Computing, before working her way up to senior reporter level. In 2006, just weeks before ITPro was launched, Maggie joined Dennis Publishing as a reporter. Having worked her way up to editor of ITPro, she was appointed group editor of CloudPro and ITPro in April 2012. She became the editorial director and took responsibility for ChannelPro, in 2016.

Her areas of particular interest, aside from cloud, include management and C-level issues, the business value of technology, green and environmental issues and careers to name but a few.