CDT filed extensive reply comments yesterday in the FCC's ongoing Open Internet proceeding -- also known as the Internet neutrality rulemaking. CDT continues to support the adoption of rules to ensure that the Internet remains an open, "innovation without permission" environment, rather than one in which network operators exert creeping gatekeeper control. Responding to a variety of arguments offered in the initial comment round in January, CDT said that opponents paint an exaggerated picture of the rules' reach and restrictive impact. Perhaps most egregious: opponents criticize what they (wrongly) say is a move to "regulate the Internet," and then proceed to urge the FCC to extend any rules to the entire Internet ecosystem -- to do, in other words, the very thing they say is so harmful. By contrast, CDT's comments recommend some clarifications and modifications to make clear that FCC rules in this area must focus exclusively on the provision of the "on ramps" to the Internet. "Regulating the Internet" more broadly, in the sense of regulating the myriad communications and activities that ride on the Internet, are properly outside the FCC's reach.
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