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Let’s throttle the FCC

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 at 23:21 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Late Wednesday night, TechCrunch reporter Josh Constine pleaded to tech billionaires to purchase local ISPs near FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s home and slow down his Internet speeds. One of the responders to that tweet was Matthew Prince, co-founder and chief executive of Cloudflare, who said:

I could do this in a different, but equally effective, way. Sent note to our GC to see if we can without breaking any laws.

In a statement to Slashdot, Mr. Prince said:

Probably the easiest thing would be to slow down requests from the FCC’s IP ranges. Or put up an interstitial whenever someone from those IPs visits a site behind us. I think it’s less likely we’d do it across the board ourselves, more likely we’d implement it as an option our customers could opt in to. Basically taking this a step further.

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