Playing Politics

11:35 AM -- Top execs with two dozen new media firms and over-the-top video service providers -- including Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) CEO Eric Schmidt, EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS) chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen, and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) president & CEO Tom Rogers -- fired off a letter Monday supporting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's decision to begin a process that aims to create rules governing so-called network neutrality.

"We write to express our support for your announcement that the Federal Communications Commission will begin a process to adopt rules that preserve an open Internet," they said. "Entrepreneurs, technologists, and venture capitalists have previously been able to develop new online products and services with the guarantee of neutral, nondiscriminatory access by users, which has fueled an unprecedented era of economic growth and creativity."

The show of support counters some criticism of the rulemaking process, which is to get underway officially this Thursday during an open FCC meeting that will reveal the details of the proposal. (See FCC Chairman Pushes for Net Neutrality Rules and FCC Puts Net Neutrality on Agenda.)

Among the detractors are 18 Republican senators who are urging FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to delay the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM), claiming such rules could stymie private capital investment in broadband deployments. (See FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Faces New Attack.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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