AT&T and the Communications Workers of America aren't the only ones writing to the Federal Communications Commission about the net neutrality rules proposed by Chairman Julius Genachowski. The CEOs of Internet giants like Amazon, Facebook YouTube, Flickr, Skype and others penned their own letter, according to The Washington Post.
Unlike AT&T, however, these executives argue that the proposed rules would, in fact, enhance innovation and competition in the tech sector and "spur economic growth," writer Cecilia Kang says. The letter says, in part:
We believe a process that results in common-sense baseline rules is critical to ensuring that the Internet remains a key engine of economic growth, innovation, and global competitiveness.
So it appears they're all for the rules, on which the FCC is slated to vote Thursday.
At least one observer has said when all is said and done, the Internet companies will come out on top and the traditional telecom providers will suffer, but such is the way with progress. What bugs me at the moment is that there's no real way of knowing yet how Google and others -- like Facebook and Amazon and Flickr, to name a few -- will be affected by the rules once they're in place. Just how much authority the FCC has over such companies has not been made clear yet.
The vote will likely follow party lines, with Democratic members voting for the rules and Republican members voting against. Some suggest that's why certain Republicans in Congress have also been vocal about their opposition to the rules.