Reddit and Etsy among startups in favor of net neutrality – CNET

Ajit Pai got a letter from the startup world about net neutrality.

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More than 800 startups, investors and startup-oriented organizations are speaking out on behalf of net neutrality rules from the Obama administration.

The group signed a letter to Federal Communications Commission’s Chairman Ajit Pai asking him not to reverse existing rules. The letter was made public Wednesday. Pai met with tech company executives from companies like Facebook, Oracle and Cisco in April.

As CNET’s Maggie Reardon explained in April, the rules in question essentially “ensure all online traffic is treated equally and prohibit providers from selling ‘fast lanes,’ which would give deep-pocketed players priority access to their customers.”

The letter was started by startup incubator Y Combinator, a startup advocacy group called Engine, and accelerator Techstars. Other recognizable names include Etsy, Foursquare, Github, Meetup, Reddit and Warby Parker.

We reached out to these companies as well as the FCC for comment.

“Without net neutrality, the incumbents who provide access to the internet would be able to pick winners or losers in the market,” the letter said.

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