FCC member calls for delay on net neutrality vote, Amazon and Microsoft against fast lanes

By Kyle Johnson,

A Federal Communications Commission member tried to call on the commission's chairman to delay the vote on net neutrality, while Amazon and Microsoft both have come forward to say that they are against the idea of Internet fast lanes.

Jessica Rosenworcel said that the delay should be for "at least a month," allowing the public to give their opinions of the announced vote, reports Reuters. "While I recognize the urgency to move ahead and develop rules with dispatch, I think the greater urgency comes in giving the American public opportunity to speak right now."

Despite trying to appeal to chairman Tom Wheeler, the vote is still set to go forward, with options for public comment coming up next week, according to Engadget. FCC spokesman Neil Grace said that "moving forward will allow the American people to review and comment on the proposed plan without delay."

The plan would allegedly not allow any website to be blocked or discriminated against, as previously reported, but would allow Internet Service Providers the ability to negotiate for faster service for content providers willing to pay, which some worry could stifle innovation and leave smaller companies unable to compete.

But neither Amazon nor Microsoft like the idea of implementing fast lanes deals, such as ones Netflix has already negotiated over the past several months with a couple different ISPs, notes Bloomberg. They said in a letter that there is the possibility for ISPs to still "discriminate both technically and financially against Internet companies" and "impose new tolls on them."



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