Overnight Tech: Web companies urge FCC to save net neutrality as comment period ends | Court upholds gag order on national security letters | Elon Musk wants regs on artificial intelligence

TECH COMPANIES MAKE LAST-DITCH APPEAL TO SAVE NET NEUTRALITY: A trade group representing the internet’s biggest companies urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday to preserve its net neutrality rules, which are currently under threat from the agency’s Republican leadership.

In a filing to the FCC on Monday, the Internet Association argued that the regulations have helped the internet thrive.

“Since its inception, the internet has been governed by principles of openness and non-discrimination, and as a result, it has created unprecedented benefits for society and consumers,” the trade group wrote.

“Undoing or weakening the existing open internet rules will undermine these benefits, create uncertainty in the leading sector of our economy, and threaten the virtuous circle of broadband innovation.”

The plea came as the initial comment window on the FCC’s plan to roll back the rules hit a Monday deadline.

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… WHILE BROADBAND COMPANIES ARGUE FOR LIGHTER REGULATIONS: On Monday, the last day to submit comments, firms such as Comcast, AT&T and trade associations representing the telecommunications industry filed statements in support of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal to scrap the net neutrality rules the agency approved in 2015.

“The Commission should avoid subjecting the broadband industry to onerous utility-style regulation under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934,” Comcast wrote in the opening of a 161-page comment it filed to the FCC on Monday.

“Such regulation is entirely unnecessary and imposes substantial costs that undermine investment and innovation in the broadband ecosystem and undercut efforts to bridge the digital divide in this country,” the company continued, reciting the industries’ primary arguments against net neutrality.

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