11:30 AM — On Tuesday, U.S. appeals court killed Net Neutrality rules. This has caused an uproar amongst consumers and companies alike. Many people are concerned that with net neutrality now dead, ISPs now have additional power to control not only companies but customers as well. Others believe that the ruling will ultimately lead to the downfall of the internet as we know it today. It gives service providers freedom to squeeze money out of companies looking to give their services an edge by allotting them additional bandwidth that standard service will not enjoy.
VerizonIn order to calm the nerves of many, ISPs have issued statements. Basically, what they are saying is that even though net neutrality rules are dead, it will not hurt anyone. The Verge managed to gather up some responses from other ISPs. Below, you can read many of the responses the companies have issued.
Comcast executive vice president David Cohen:
We are committed to work with Chairman Wheeler and the Commission to play a constructive role in finding an appropriate regulatory balance going forward that will continue to allow the Internet to flourish. Given the DC Circuit Court of Appeals holding that the FCC has jurisdiction in the broadband arena to preserve and facilitate the innovation that has driven the Internet, we are optimistic that the Commission can accomplish this result while avoiding inappropriate common carrier regulation.
Time Warner Cable issued statement:
AT&T’s senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs Jim Cicconi:
Statement from Verizon:
We look forward to working with the FCC and Congress to keep the Internet a hub of innovation without the need for unnecessary new regulations that seek to manage the explosive dynamism of the Internet.
It’s worth noting that many of these companies already charge some pretty hefty fees. Companies such as Time Warner Cable and Comcast are amongst the most hated in the United States. They are continuously charging their customers high fees and imposing new fees on a daily basis. They go as far as to even automatically change up some services so they can charge more. Practices like these don’t go without getting noticed. You can’t really blame companies and people alike for being concerned, you know? What do you think?