Net neutrality: 'father of internet' joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Posted in: Government & Policy at 12/12/2017 18:58

More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as “based on a flawed and factually inaccurate” understanding of how the internet works.

“The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed order to repeal net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create. It should be stopped,” said the technology luminaries in an open letter to lawmakers with oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday.

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Web pioneers plead to cancel US net vote
Several influential figures responsible for creating the internet have demanded that a controversial vote be cancelled.

This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will decide on whether to repeal an Obama-era law that protects "net neutrality".

It refers to the principle that all traffic on the internet is treated equally.

The pioneers said the FCC did not know what it was doing.

"It is important to understand that the FCC’s proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of internet technology," the open letter read.

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