Today, many tech organizations have banded together to write a firmly-worded letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, fighting in favor of strong net neutrality protections. Signed by over 200 tech companies including the equivalents of Twitter, Reddit, and even Airbnb, the letter uses Cyber Monday as an illustration of the positive impact a free and open Internet can have on America’s economy, for jobs and consumers alike.
According to the letter, Americans spent roughly $3.5 billion online on Cyber Monday last year, reportedly earning it the largest online sales day in the country’s account. Black Friday’s online sales weren’t too low, either, coming in at around $3 billion last year.
“With strong net neutrality protections, the Internet is an open marketplace where any company can compete, allowing people to start companies easily, market their commodities across the country, and connect with consumers anywhere worldwide,” the letter reads.
“With strong net neutrality protections, the Internet is an open marketplace where any industry can compete…”
The letter also calls the FCC’s lately-released plans to roll back Title II regulations “disastrous,” while demanding that implementing such plans would “end this open commerce” and “reduce the protections that keep the Internet free and open” for Americans.
Whether or not this letter will change the FCC’s decision in any way settles to be seen but it’s clear that tech organizations aren’t giving up the fight easily.
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