App Developers Alliance Supports Open Internet; Welcomes Legislative Option

Statement from Jon Potter, President, Application Developers Alliance:

“The Applications Developers Alliance supports developers as creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. Developers need an Internet – wired and wireless – that is open, competitive, stable, fast, and fair to all who use it – and that continues to grow in size, scale and speed.

“An open Internet protects consumer choice, enables startups to compete fairly with incumbents, is transparent, and prohibits blocking and throttling content, paid prioritization and discrimination. The open Internet must be ensured permanently; three more years of litigation creates uncertainty that undermines small innovators. 

“The open Internet can be guaranteed through legislation or regulation – but either must be drafted narrowly and carefully. The bills introduced by Chairmen Thune and Upton, with some improvements, could guarantee the open Internet that stakeholders have been discussing for more than a decade, and could guarantee opportunity for generations of innovators and app developers. We welcome the legislative debate.”

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The Application Developers Alliance is a non-profit global membership organization that supports developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. We promote industry growth and advocate on public policy and industry issues. The Apps Alliance, which now includes more than 200 corporate members and a 50,000-strong developer network, launched in January of 2012 and initiated European services in early 2014.  Membership includes app publishers, developer agencies, platforms, wireless carriers, hardware manufacturers, ad networks, enterprise tools and service providers.