By MARK BLINNEYWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cable and wireless providers say the FCC should reject its net neutrality proposal because it’s not strong enough to protect consumers.
Under the proposal, cable companies could require Internet service providers to treat all Internet traffic equally or impose a cap on the amount of bandwidth they can charge customers, a move that would be difficult to enforce.
The FCC on Monday adopted its proposal to protect the open Internet.
The move came as cable companies sought to block the rule from going into effect.
The cable companies say the rules are too vague and overly burdensome, with a cap that could be set on how much Internet traffic can be transferred to consumers.
They say the existing rules would not be enough to ensure a level playing field for Internet users and could stifle innovation and spur online piracy.
The cable companies also say the regulations would have a chilling effect on innovation.
The issue of net neutrality has dominated the presidential campaign and the Republican Party for months.
Cable and phone companies argue that it’s critical for competition and consumers to have an open Internet, but the FCC has said it wants to protect consumer choice and ensure competition in the telecommunications market.