From ArsTechnica:

Net neutrality protest at the White House in November 2014.Stephen Melkisethian

A group of tech companies has urged Congressional leadership to abandon a GOP plan to kill the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules.

Budget proposals have included provisions preventing the FCC from continuing to enforce the rules that took effect in June, at least until broadband providers have exhausted all of their appeals in court.

“We are writing to urge you to refrain from including riders relating to net neutrality and the Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet Order in the upcoming omnibus spending legislation,” the tech companies wrote in a letter Wednesday to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

Democrats have opposed efforts to gut net neutrality rules, with the White House telling Congress that the nation’s budget should not be used to enact “unrelated ideological provisions.”

The tech companies’ letter was signed by Automattic, Codeacademy, Cogent, Contextly,, Dwolla, Engine Advocacy, Etsy, Fandor, General Assembly, Kickstarter, Level 3, Mapbox, Meetup, Tumblr, Twilio, and Vimeo. It was also signed by consortiums including the Internet Freedom Business Alliance (IFBA), the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), and Incompas (formerly known as Comptel.)

IFBA membership includes many of the letter signers and…

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