Letter to FCC Chairman Genachowski Supporting Open Internet Rules

October 19, 2009

The Honorable Julius Genachowski, Chairman

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Genachowski:

We write to express our support for your announcement that the Federal Communications Commission will begin a process to adopt rules that preserve an open Internet. We believe a process that results in common sense baseline rules is critical to ensuring that the Internet remains a key engine of economic growth, innovation, and global competitiveness.

For most of the Internet’s history, FCC rules have ensured that consumers have been able to choose the content and services they want over their Internet connections. Entrepreneurs, technologists, and venture capitalists have previously been able to develop new online products and services with the guarantee of neutral, nondiscriminatory access by users, which has fueled an unprecedented era of economic growth and creativity. Existing businesses have been able to leverage the power of the Internet to develop innovative product lines, reach new consumers, and create new ways of doing business.

An open Internet fuels a competitive and efficient marketplace, where consumers make the ultimate choices about which products succeed and which fail. This allows businesses of all sizes, from the smallest startup to larger corporations, to compete, yielding maximum economic growth and opportunity.

America’s leadership in the technology space has been due, in large part, to the open Internet. We applaud your leadership in initiating a process to develop rules to ensure that the qualities that have made the Internet so successful are protected.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO
Amazon.com
James F. Geiger
Chairman & CEO
Cbeyond
Craig Newmark
Founder

Craigslist

Jay Adelson
CEO
Digg
Kevin Rose

Founder
Digg

John Donahoe
CEO
eBay, Inc.
Charles E. Ergen

Chairman & CEO
EchoStar Corporation

Erik Blachford
Former CEO
Expedia
Mark Zuckerberg
Founder & CEO
Facebook
Caterina Fake

Founder
Flickr

Eric Schmidt
CEO
Google, Inc.
Barry Diller

Chairman & CEO
IAC

Reid Hoffman
Executive Chairman

LinkedIn

Scott Heiferman
CEO & Co-Founder
Meetup
John Lilly

CEO
Mozilla Corporation

Howard Janzen
CEO
One Communications
David Ulevitch
Founder
OpenDNS
Josh Silverman
CEO

Skype

Stan Glasgow
President & COO
Sony Electronics
Thomas S. Rogers

President & CEO
Tivo, Inc.

Evan Williams
Co-Founder & CEO

Twitter

Gilles BianRosa
CEO
Vuze, Inc.
Carl J. Grivner
CEO

XO Communications

Steve Chen
Founder
YouTube
Mark Pincus

CEO
Zynga

     

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