Net Neutrality Caused a Dispute Among Tech Groups, Comcast & US Chamber
While many tech companies supported the idea, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Comcast Corp. declared their opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to reinstall historic net neutrality laws.
In November, the FCC decided to move forward with a plan to take up new regulatory supervision over broadband Internet, which had been revoked under former President Donald Trump.
"Unlawful and unwise," the Chamber said, the proposal "will have significant adverse effects on innovation, investment, and unserved underserved consumers."
"There is no broadband market failure to justify the sweeping government takeover proposed here," Comcast stated in a statement with the commission.
US Chamber, Comcast, tech group split over net neutrality
The regulations that prohibited Internet service providers from blocking or slowing traffic or from providing paid fast lanes, commonly known as paid prioritization, were approved by the FCC in 2015 under President Barack Obama and were reversed in 2017 under President Trump.
Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, and Meta Platforms are among the members of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, who supported reinstatement, stating that "rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and unreasonable conduct must be reinstated to preserve open access to the Internet."
The vote to provide the FCC broad internet power comes after Democrats, for the first time since President Joe Biden took office in October, gained majority control of the agency's five members.