Oracle backs FCC's net neutrality rollback

Oracle backs FCC's net neutrality rollback
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Oracle voiced support on Friday for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s controversial plan to roll back the agency's net neutrality rules.

In a letter addressed to the FCC, the company played up its “perspective as a Silicon Valley technology company,” hammering the debate over the rules as a “highly political hyperbolic battle,” that is “removed from technical, economic, and consumer reality.”

“[T]he stifling open internet regulations and broadband classification that the FCC put in place in 2015 – for just one aspect of the internet ecosystem – threw out both the technological consensus and the certainty needed for jobs and investment,” Oracle wrote in their letter.

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Other companies in support of Pai’s plan, like AT&T and Verizon, have made the argument that the rules stifled investment in the telecommunications sector, specifically in broadband infrastructure.

Pro-net neutrality advocacy groups like Free Press have rejected those claims, arguing that investment in broadband has grown since the net neutrality rules were implemented in 2015.

Pai is proposing to undo the rules, which subjected broadband companies to tougher regulation from the FCC.

Pai would instead let the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have oversight over broadband providers.

He would also allow companies to voluntarily adopt net neutrality principles and include them in customers' terms of service.

Oracle wrote in their letter that they believe Pai’s plan to remove broadband providers from the FCC’s regulatory jurisdiction “will eliminate unnecessary burdens on, and competitive imbalances for, ISPs [internet service providers] while enhancing the consumer experience and driving investment.”

Oracle is one of the first Silicon Valley companies to take a public stance in new net neutrality fight. In years past, internet companies like Google and Twitter have aggressively championed net neutrality rules but have recently said little publicly. The Internet Association, a trade group for many big web companies, though, has been actively pushing the FCC to keep the rules.

Telecom companies, which have long opposed the rules, are urging Pai to roll them back.