A large number of tech companies, spearheaded by tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, have joined hands in favor of net neutrality. In a co-penned letter to the Federal Communications Commission, the coalition criticised a proposal that could possibly undermine net neutrality. "The Commission's long-standing commitment and actions undertaken to protect the open internet are a central reason why the internet remains an engine of entrepreneurship and economic growth," reads the letter. "This Commission should take the necessary steps to ensure that the internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce so that America continues to lead the world in technology markets."
This is a fresh, yet notable, addition to the backlash the FCC has faced ever since they drafted the proposal over two weeks ago. The new rules would allow phone and cable internet service providers to discriminate against internet companies and force penalties on them, based on various grounds. FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has called for a time-out to properly consider these rules - this itself calls the proposal into question merely a week away from the official ruling on May 15. With this in mind, as well as the united stance the coalition of tech companies is posing, public approval looks further away than ever.