Silicon Valley talks concerns with FCC chairman

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler.
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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is visiting Silicon Valley Wednesday to get an earful from the tech community about what they think about his net neutrality proposal.

Wheeler reportedly met with a group of venture capitalists Tuesday night for a roundtable discussion about net neutrality and is meeting with a group of startups Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the meetings. An FCC spokesman declined to comment.

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Among the attendees, representatives from Y Combinator, Mozilla, Andreessen Horowitz's (and former D.C. mayor) Adrian Fenty, Homebrew's Hunter Walk and Engine Advocacy, the public interest group which has been responsible for whipping up support among startups for net neutrality.

"An Open Internet is an essential foundation for startups to build upon so very glad that Chairman Wheeler is spending time in Silicon Valley meeting with entrepreneurs, tech execs and investors," Walk said in an email after one of the meetings.

Many of the people in the meetings represent companies that signed onto a letter raising concerns about Wheeler's recent net neutrality proposal, which opens the door to allowing broadband providers to sell fast-lane service to content companies.

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Wheeler has taken plenty of hits about his net neutrality plan recently, as the public has been invited to comment on it.

The plan has raised significant concerns from net neutrality proponents, who worry it would change the egalitarian nature of the Internet, and broadband providers, which are worried that Wheeler may try to re-regulate Internet lines under rules written for old phone networks.

The public has until July 15 to make initial comments about the plan and then until this fall to comment on any comments that have previously been made by others.

By Amy Schatz, Re/code.net.

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