FCC chairman announces plan to repeal net neutrality

by Leslie Wood November 22, 2017, 0:35
FCC chairman announces plan to repeal net neutrality

The said rules were created during the incumbency of President Barrack Obama, and are said to prevent broadband providers from slowing down or charging to receive some internet content. As has been discussed for months, if the new proposal is accepted by the FCC, broadband internet service will cease being subjected to Title II regulations and will return to an information service classification rather than a telecommunications one.

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet", Pai said in a statement Tuesday.

Relying more heavily on Internet providers' own promises on net neutrality is a departure from the current rules, which lay out clear, federal bans against selectively blocking or slowing websites, as well as speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee.

The FCC has confirmed it will vote in December on a proposal from chairman Ajit Pai to reform the net neutrality rules in the US. Since President Trump appointed him as FCC chairman in January, Pai has made reversing the rules a key part of his deregulatory agenda. "If you like your cable company, you'll love what this does for the Internet, because it gives Internet service providers the same kind of control over content and price as cable operators have today".

American consumers are used to thinking of their internet service as a public utility, similar to turning on the tap and getting a consistent stream of water.

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"We applaud FCC Chairman Pai's initiative to remove this stifling regulatory cloud over the internet", AT&T said in a post, according to The Hill. "We oppose the FCC's proposal to roll back these core protections", said Netflix in a tweet.

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But critics say the end of net neutrality would spell bad news for consumers, as well as for free speech.

"This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet", Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, said in a statement. In place of the existing rules, he added, the FCC would "simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices". While tech companies such as Google and Amazon support the rules claiming that without them, broadband will regulate the content received by the consumers, broadband feels that the regulations hold their business at ransom.

Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the FTC, has said that the agency's expertise in data security and privacy issues will make it a powerful defender of USA consumers. "We believe", Verizon said in a statement to ABC, "that users should be able to access the internet when, where, and how they choose, and our customers will continue to do so". The embattled rules risk "stifling innovation, costing jobs, and casting a pall over the investment needed", said Michael Powell, chairman of the Washington-based trade group.


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