In the lead-up to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote on proposed net neutrality regulations later this week, Twitter on Monday voiced its opinion on the matter.
In a blog post arguing its support for an open Internet, Twitter public policy manager Will Carty said safeguarding the historic open architecture of the Internet and the ability for all users to “innovate without permission” is critical to American’s economic aspirations and its global competitiveness.
Carty added that empowering “lesser” or historically less powerful voices to express themselves is at the core of Twitter’s DNA. The Internet of today provides people with the ability to communicate with the world in addition to making it incredibly easy for anyone looking to start a business to do so. It’s the great equalizer, Carty said.
To protect these freedoms, we need clear, enforceable, legally sustainable rules in place, the microblogging platform argues.
Twitter as a whole approves of the FCC’s approach of using some rules from Title II of the Telecommunications Act. It’s the same kind of “light touch” regulatory approach that was used in the 1990s with regard to wireless services.
Twitter is just one of many entities that have come out in support of net neutrality including President Obama. But not everyone believes it’s a good idea to reclassify Internet service as a utility. More than 60 major tech companies including Intel, IBM, Cisco and Qualcomm believe such a move would negatively impact broadband infrastructure investment and stifle growth across the entire economy.
The FCC is scheduled to vote on its proposed net neutrality rules on February 26.