On Thursday, July 30, large cable and telecom companies filed their opening brief in their lawsuit challenging the Open Internet Order. Adopted earlier this year, the order prohibits carriers like Comcast and Verizon from creating online fast lanes reserved for those with the deepest pockets.
The Open Internet Order has been widely celebrated as sound policy by economists, scholars, and business innovators, including entrepreneurs like me. Yet carriers have been attacking the order in Congress and now the courts.
As co-founder and CEO of Distil Networks, I have a message for carriers like Comcast and Verizon: when you attack the Open Internet Order, you threaten the future of business and innovation in America. I am one of countless entrepreneurs who would not have been able to start my business, never mind build it into a successful company, without net neutrality -- the principle that keeps the Internet an open space, free from undue corporate control. The order simply codifies net neutrality into law. It bans carriers from blocking or slowing down sites, or charging sites extra fees to reach people faster. The order is necessary to preserve an open and competitive environment that fosters innovation for companies like ours.
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