HOUSE PANEL WANTS TECH CEOS TO TES­TIFY

Metro USA (Boston) - - NEWS -

The chair­man of the U.S. House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee on Tues­day asked the chief ex­ec­u­tives of Al­pha­bet Inc., Face­book Inc., Ama­zon.com Inc., AT&T Inc., Ver­i­zon Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc. and other com­pa­nies to tes­tify at a Sept. 7 hear­ing on the fu­ture of net neu­tral­ity rules. The U.S. Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion is con­sid­er­ing toss­ing out 2015 Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion net neu­tral­ity rules that re­clas­si­fied in­ter­net ser­vice like a pub­lic util­ity. The rules bar providers from block­ing, slow­ing or of­fer­ing paid pri­or­i­ti­za­tion of web­sites. Many in­ter­net providers want Congress to step in and write per­ma­nent rules. Other chief ex­ec­u­tives asked to tes­tify in­clude the heads of Com­cast Corp., Net­flix Inc. and Char­ter Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc.

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