Nov 13, 2017

Barry Diller, Reddit CEO split on necessity of net neutrality rules

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IAC Chairman Barry Diller and Reddit CEO Steve Huffman offered contrasting views Monday about the importance of net neutrality rules.

  • Diller said that the idea that ISPs can't discriminate against certain content is basically established fact, even if the rules change. "I think it's over," he said at a conference sponsored by the Internet Association, "I think we have net neutrality."
  • Huffman disagreed. ""That is a very optimistic view. It's one that I don't think is wrong," he said. "But why risk it."

Why it matters:

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed rolling back rules that ban blocking, throttling or offering paid prioritization for content. He's expected to bring it to a vote in the coming months.

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