A group of 30 venture capitalists added their voices to the chorus in favor of the Federal Communications Commission's proposed rules on net neutrality Wednesday. In a letter released by the Open Internet Coalition, representatives from such firms as Union Square Ventures, Hummer Winblad, Javelin Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, among others, told FCC chairman Julius Genachowski they support his efforts.
They wrote, in part:
The Commission is absolutely correct to propose clear rules that require competition. The promise of permanently securing an open Internet will deliver consumers and innovators a perfect free market that drives investment, job creation, and consumer welfare. These principles should apply across all Internet access networks, wired or wireless.
The Open Internet Coalition appears to have been the driving force behind many of the letters in support of net neutrality this week. As Wall Street Journal blogger Amy Schatz points out, members are trying to catch up to AT&T and other network operators who voiced their opposition to the plan repeatedly last week.
Of course, Schatz also notes something I hadn't realized: No one outside the FCC has read the actual proposal yet. It won't be made public until Thursday, after the FCC votes. Like I have said before, this one continues to be interesting to watch.