December 22, 2015 | News, Statements

Statement on FCC Inquiries Into ISP Practices

Washington, DC – Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the FCC’s inquiries into ISP practices, including T-Mobile’s video throttling and Binge On programs:

“T-Mobile’s new ‘streaming optimization’ program appears to involve throttling of all video traffic, across all data plans, regardless of network congestion. The Internet Association applauds the FCC for seeking information on this practice and its potential harm on consumers and online applications and services.

“The throttling practice was adopted alongside its Binge On program, which offers consumers and video services the option of removing data charges (‘zero-rating’) for video services. Reducing data charges for entire classes of applications can be legitimate and benefit consumers, so long as clear notice and choice is provided to service providers and consumers. However, a reasonably designed zero-rating program does not include the throttling of traffic for services or consumers that do not participate.

“We encourage the FCC to keep examining the details of these practices by Internet access providers.”

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Statement on Fight For The Future’s “Betrayal” Billboards

Washington, DC – Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on Fight for the Future’s “betrayal” billboards: “Fight for the Future’s latest efforts on net neutrality are unacceptable. Accusing a Member of Congress of ‘betrayal’ while he’s recovering in the hospital is despicable. This type of advocacy is not what Internet Association and Read more »

Statement On NAFTA Negotiating Objectives

Washington, DC – Ari Giovenco, Internet Association Director of Trade & International Policy, issued the following statement on USTR’s NAFTA negotiating objectives: “NAFTA was negotiated before the proliferation of the commercial internet, so it is essential that any renegotiation and modernization effort include strong digital provisions that will help the economy grow. While the internet Read more »

Internet Association Files With FCC And Calls For Net Neutrality Rules To Be Kept In Place

Internet Association filed its comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Restoring Internet Freedom” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Internet Association offered its full-throated support for the 2015 Open Internet Order

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Washington, DC – Internet Association President & CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on Fight for the Future’s “betrayal” billboards: “Fight for the Future’s latest efforts on net neutrality are unacceptable. Accusing a Member of Congress of ‘betrayal’ while he’s recovering in the hospital is despicable. This type of advocacy is not what Internet Association and Read more »

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