Jordan Open Source Association Joins International Organizations to Ask FCC to Preserve Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

Jordan Open Source Association Joins International Organizations to Ask FCC to Preserve Net Neutrality

The Jordan Open Source Association joined the efforts of 31 organizations from five continents around the globe to deliver a letter to the US. Federal Communications Commission asking them to support strong Net Neutrality rules. The signatories cited the important US influence on internet policymaking around the world, and asked the FCC to vote in favor of the proposed rules released by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on February 26.

“The rest of the world is closely watching the U.S. for principled leadership on Net Neutrality,” said Deji Olukotun, Senior Advocacy Manager at Access, which convenes the coalition. “Our partners across the globe are working to build an open and inclusive net, and the FCC’s decision with have an enormous impact on their work.”

Issa Mahasneh, president of the Jordan Open Source Association, added that "lawmakers around the globe should push for Net Neutrality principles to support a more inclusive and open Internet, and decisions made abroad, especially in the US, have in fact a big impact on how other countries, like Jordan, perceive and deal with issues like Net Neutrality in their own legal framework".

The letter also warns against disingenuous moves by U.S. Congress with a bill that, rather than protecting Net Neutrality, would undermine the FCC’s authority. The letter includes signatories from countries as diverse as Uganda, Pakistan, South Korea, Iceland, Jordan, Venezuela, Thailand, Chile, the Netherlands, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Organizations include Access, Jordan Open Source Association, KICTANET, Net Neutrality Forum of Korea, ONG Derechos Digitales, OpenMedia.org, Thai Netizen Network, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Witness.

The full text of the letter is available below: