In sum, it maintains the FCC’s recommended deregulations but especially the removal of Title II orders. Comcast insists it will still preserve the open internet despite the decision but maintains that Title II hurts innovation.
In its provision of the rollbacks offered by the FCC, Comcast said, “Such law is entirely irrelevant, outdated, and requires real costs that weaken investment and innovation and undermine efforts to connect the digital divide and deploy broadband to all Americans.” The talk has continued to draw a line within net neutrality and the Title II laws adopted by the FCC in 2015, stating you can have the past without the recent. Comcast even went so far as to say, “While some appear to want to create hysteria that the Internet as we grasp it will disappear if their favored regulatory scheme isn’t in place, that’s just not reality,” in a Day of Action post.
As far as change is involved, Comcast claims that an FCC study held up its wide freedom of Stream TV, immediately affecting consumers. And in its support today, Comcast massively promoted statistics on internet growth happening before 2015, saying the “internet was working very well” earlier to the regulations set in place two years ago, but it didn’t give support for the idea that Title II actively hinders innovation or technological growth. And as TechCrunch points out, with so little data to be held in regards to the effects of Title II of reform, drawing strong inferences about its negative influence is a little reckless.
However, Comcast extended to claim that despite the outcome, it would continue “committed to the core principles of a free and open internet,” and declared, “We’ve repeatedly pledged from the highest levels of our society from Comcast Corporation Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts, Comcast Cable President and CEO David Watson, and from me that we do not and will not block, slow down, or segregate against lawful content.”
However, that senior executive VP David Cohen does not state that Comcast hasn’t prevented or slowed use in the past, which it clearly has. In 2009, Comcast paid a lawsuit for $16 million next it was accused of purposefully delaying upload speeds for users of BitTorrent.
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