Mozilla has filed a petition with the FCC on Monday, challenging the proposed rules that would allow ISPs to charge edge providers for prioritized access. Under Mozilla’s proposal, ISPs would be prevented from blocking or discriminating against any edge provider.
Mozilla says that one of the biggest obstacles to overcome with the FCC’s proposed rules is authority. It argues that even if the current plan is adopted, Internet users cannot be sure that future FCC Chairs would maintain vigilance, and “in contrast, clear authority and meaningful, enforceable rules would provide lasting certainty.”
In an effort to overcome this challenge, Mozilla is asking the FCC to acknowledge “two distinct relationships in the last mile of the network.” The first one is between an ISP and end-user, which is unchanged, while the second relationship is a “remote delivery” service offered by an ISP to an edge provider.
The key to its argument, Mozilla says, is asking the FCC to designate remote delivery services as telecommunications services under Title II of the Communications Act. Mozilla says that classifying remote delivery services, like Dropbox for example, as telecommunications services is consistent with guidelines set by Congress and the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
The FCC is schedule to vote on a final proposal on May 15.
Mozilla is just one of the companies speaking out against the FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules. Netflix has also been a vocal opponent of the FCC’s net neutrality rules, and in particular, Comcast’s bid for Time Warner Cable.