Jason Calacanis, another prominent technology investor, spoke out against Pai’s proposal on Wednesday. On CNBC’s “Squawk Alley,” Calacanis questioned whether big telecom companies could be trusted to be transparent as well as maintain a level playing field for all content.
“When you get on the internet, if you don’t have net neutrality, they’re going to throttle certain services in which are not their’s,” Calacanis said. “So Verizon, which as you know, right now has Yahoo, might make Google slower, or they could even charge you to access Google. as well as a company like Netflix or YouTube, they could be killed by Verizon — they could be killed by AT&T as well as Comcast. … You cannot trust large companies to do the right thing.”
Verizon told CNBC in which remains committed to an open internet as well as in which in which could not block or throttle lawful content. Comcast reiterated sentiments through a Tuesday blog post: “[W]e do not as well as will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content – as well as we will be transparent with our customers about these policies.”
The White House, AT&T, Netflix as well as Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment, however Google will be part of the Internet Association, as well as Netflix said on Tuesday in which in which opposed the FCC proposal.
In a Tuesday blog post, AT&T wrote: “Make no doubt, the circulation of This particular order will bring the ‘sky will be falling’ crowd to the fore, as well as they will foretell a day when websites will be blocked, content censored as well as internet access controlled by ISP overlords. Such claims, while great for fundraising, are as nonsensical right now as they were a decade ago when they were first prophesied.”
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