Comcast Makes Its Case for New Internet Rules

Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) lodged its comments in the Federal Communications Commission's review of net neutrality, arguing that it wants to uphold an open internet while striking down provisions from the Obama Administration's FCC. 

The broadband giant maintains that it will not "block, slow down, or discriminate against lawful content," in a blog post by Chief Diversity Officer David Cohen, repeating a refrain that it and AT&T Inc. (T) have made regarding the protections. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has moved to strike provisions that the Commission had put in place under President Obama, saying that the government over-reached by placing 1930s era telecommunications regulations on the internet. 

"[I]t's time for the naysayers to stop ignoring our - and other ISPs' - commitment to net neutrality," Cohen wrote. "This proceeding is simply not putting net neutrality at risk, no matter how many words are written attempting to misinterpret the intention and purpose of the [FCC's proposed rules]."

Comcast Supports Net Neutrality on the Internet Day of Action

— Comcast (@comcast) July 12, 2017

The comment period for Chairman Pai's new internet rules ends Monday.

Pai has targeted rules put in place by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. After suffering losses in court over FCC rulings, Wheeler reclassified broadband under Title II of the Communications Act, which treats it as a regulated telecom service akin to a utility, rather than an information service, which has lighter regulation. The move solidified the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, but drew criticism from Republicans and from large Internet service providers.

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