US House panel scraps September 7 net neutrality hearing

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Net neutrality, or more specifically the Trump FCC's attempts to butcher it, are a hot topic lately.

While Apple is gearing up to unveil the 10th-anniversary edition iPhone 8, the company has also made a last-minute appeal with the FCC for a strong set of#Net Neutrality rules.

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Despite the potential for conflict of interest, the data from the study showed when isolating unique comments, those in oppose repealing the current net neutrality protections greatly outnumber those who favor it. 1.77 million people wrote unique comments opposing Chairman Pai's proposal while just 24,000 wrote in support of it.

As is standard, comments must be filed by midnight Eastern time on the date of the deadline.

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"As negotiations progress on a permanent solution for net neutrality that ensures a free and open internet, the committee will postpone the original hearing in order to allow talks between stakeholders to continue", the spokesperson said. Still, it's best to get your comments on the record before the end of the day tomorrow.

"Apple remains open to alternative sources of legal authority, but only if they provide for strong, enforceable and legally sustainable protections, like those in place today", the tech giant said. As part of the FCC's review of internet regulations, Pai has asked whether the FCC needs rules that prohibit blocking or throttling traffic, or providing Internet fast lanes. 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. "The result would be an internet with distorted competition where online providers are driven to reach deals with broadband providers or risk being stuck in the slow lane and losing customers due to lower quality service". "There is simply no reasonable justification for repealing the net neutrality protections now on the books". But even with the fate of the open internet at stake, Pai's proposal might sail through without a huge public fight. "Simply put, the internet is too important to consumers and too essential to innovation to be left unprotected and uncertain", the company said in the letter.

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