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Large Internet Companies Avoid “Slowdown,” but Offer Their Two Cents on Fast Lanes

Neither Google nor Facebook participated today in the “Internet Slowdown” protest of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s fast-lanes net neutrality proposal. But they want you to know that they, too, don’t like the idea of paid prioritization.

Via their trade group, the Internet Association, the companies filed lengthy comments with the feds Wednesday suggesting the agency keep open the option of re-regulating Internet lines under Title II. Notably, the companies did not call on the FCC to reclassify Internet lines under Title II. They also said net neutrality rules should apply to wireless networks.

“We urge the FCC to adopt enforceable rules against paid prioritization or the creation of Internet fast lanes so that the Internet remains an open platform for speech and commerce,” a Facebook spokeswoman said separately in a statement.

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