Vuze's CEO Gilles Bianrosa joined 26 other CEOs and execs from new media companies like Google, Amazon and Skype today to support the FCC's upcoming net neutrality rules in an open letter to commission chairman Julius Genachowski. The letter reads in part:

"We believe a process that results in common sense baseline rules is critical to ensuring that the Internet remains a key engine of economic growth, innovation, and global competitiveness. (...) Americas leadership in the technology space has been due, in large part, to the open Internet. We applaud your leadership in initiating a process to develop rules to ensure that the qualities that have made the Internet so successful."

It's not a big surprise that Vuze would applaud new FCC net neutrality rules. In fact, that's exactly what the company called for when it filed a petition with the FCC over Comcast's Bittorrrent throttling back in early 2008. Vuze continued to push for this cause by releasing a plug-in to measure ISP interference with P2P protocols in March of 2008. Bianrosa writes about this today:

"As a small start-up, this government advocacy takes up valuable time, resources, and executive bandwidth. However, the Vuze team firmly believes that the net neutrality cause is well worth our efforts. (...) At the end of the day, Vuze simply wants a level playing field."

A little more surprising is perhaps that the letter was also signed by former Bittorrent Inc. president Ashwin Navin, whose then-employer teamed up with Comcast in early 2008, declaring "that these technical issues can be worked out through private business discussions without the need for government intervention." But hey, one can always change ones mind, right?

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