Dems Look to Courts, Midterms as Pai Readies Net Neutrality Rollback

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Despite heavy consumer backlash, it appears the FCC may vote to end net neutrality.

"It became a thing in 2015 but it's kind of like it was there but when the regulators saw that internet service providers, they created a rule that says, no you got to be completely neutral", said Hricik.

The Chatham House Rule is "world famous" and reads as follows: "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker (s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed". "We will not block websites, we will not throttle or degrade internet traffic based on content, and we will not unfairly discriminate in our treatment of internet traffic", Bob Quinn, AT&T's head of regulatory affairs, wrote in a this week.

Ahead of next week's FCC vote on a rollback of net neutrality protections, activist groups have planned protests at Verizon stores tomorrow.

And that makes sense.

Supporters of the repeal say Net Neutrality hurts investment in internet service providers.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a plan that would eliminate Obama-era regulations.

And on Thursday, the Justice Department announced that a NY man had been with threatening to kill Rep. (R-N.Y.) and his family if he doesn't try to protect net neutrality. The five-person panel has three Republicans on it, and it is widely expected to pass.

If you disagree with regulating the internet like a utility, try starting and thriving as a small, local business in late 2017 without fair internet access. If you have to rely on e-commerce, which numerous studies show businesses increasingly are, it's hard to sell your product when your website speed is throttled down.

The issue at hand is Net Neutrality. Markey said he wants to see what happens to Pai's order in court before contemplating any sort of net neutrality bill.

"It is a classic example of regulatory capture, where the regulatory agency bends to the wishes of those they are supposed to oversee", Wheeler said today during a press conference with US Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. You know where that's wrong, senator?

Wheeler noted that when he was FCC chairman, ISPs made lots of promises about how they would uphold net neutrality even as they urged the FCC to avoid imposing strict rules. Contrary to the claim, Portugal has net neutrality rules since it's a member of the European Union, after all.

Pai in recent weeks has tried to shape the controversial debate-millions of comments have flowed into the FCC on the upcoming rule change-by suggesting that Silicon Valley titans like Twitter, Facebook Inc., and Alphabet Inc.'s Google are worse actors than broadband providers when it comes to blocking or otherwise disadvantaging content they dislike.

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