FCC Head to Propose Vacating Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

Lloyd Doyle
November 21, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will unveil his plan to dismantle net neutrality regulations to fellow commissioners on Tuesday, Politico reported Monday.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to reveal his plans for net neutrality this week.

Pai has the votes on the FCC to roll back the rules, along with the regulatory foundation that gave the FCC the authority to impose them in 2015.

Current rules require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. They warn that the removal of the regulations will invite telecom companies to block or throttle traffic, or to sell "fast lanes" to internet providers willing to pay for speedier access to the consumer.

Pai's proposal is to be presented to fellow FCC commissioners Tuesday ahead of a vote set for December 14 at the agency, where the chairman - an appointee of President Donald Trump - leads a Republican majority.

But supporters of the rules say they are a necessary consumer protection as Internet providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T have sought to control a growing chunk of the country's media and information economies.

Numerous specifics of Pai's plan remain unclear, but a central part of the effort will involve undoing the FCC's decision to declare Internet providers as telecommunications service providers.

Representatives for the FCC didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. On one side, telecom giants said the regulations encumbered their business plans, while on the other, tech giants like Google and Amazon argued the broadband providers could become gatekeepers of what internet content reached consumers.

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