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04 September 2017, 11:34 | Maryann Sutton
Trump’s FCC has been working to destroy net neutrality rules since January. Saul Loeb AFP Getty Images
The issue seemed to be settled in 2015, when the Federal Communications Commission issued net neutrality regulations. Internet service providers, on the other hand, have said that by exploring new business models, consumers could be better served - and carriers would find new ways of making money at a time when most Americans are already paying for Internet service.
Apple doesn't take an explicit position on the legal issue at hand - if the FCC should protect the open internet by treating telecom giants similar to utilities.
In the USA, FCC chairman Ajit Pai has laid out a plan to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules which has received strong reactions from the general public as well as the media.
According to disclosure forms filed with Congress, in the first three months of 2017, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast spent $11.2 million lobbying against net neutrality. But the FCCextended the deadline by two weeks to August 30, partially granting a request for an eight-week extension from net neutrality advocates. Its filing came from Cynthia Hogan, its vice president of public policy. By applying these rules to internet service providers, the FCC has more authority to regulate the behavior of internet service providers, including helping to control what consumers are charged and ensuring there is no paid prioritization online, which would create so-called fast and slow lanes. That's one of the key provisions the FCC now uses to enforce net neutrality.
"The importance of broadband provider transparency to the open internet is twofold".
Playing up a track record in innovative devices that goes back to the Macintosh in 1984, Apple said that its ecosystem of devices, operating systems, apps and online stores requires "fair and open access to broadband services".
Pai has said previously that the rollback was necessary because the regulations were straitjacketing providers' ability to introduce innovative technologies to the market.
Pai's argument against net neutrality is based on the idea that it deters investments into internet infrastructure, but some internet service providers say that's not the case.
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