FCC Chief Lays Out 'Net Neutrality' Rules Rollback

"We also support Chairman Pai's proposal to roll back Title II utility regulation on broadband".

All of this sounds hugely unsexy, but it's significant.

Markey, in a conference call with net neutrality advocates and U.S. Sens. But regulators, consumer advocates and internet companies were concerned about what broadband companies could do with their power as the pathway to the internet - blocking or slowing down apps that rival their own services, for example. And that there wouldn't necessarily be specific restrictions in place about how much ISPs can charge, which is what they're really about, anxious about - rate changes.

The rules, which the FCC put in place in 2015 under former President Barack Obama, prohibit broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy internet, essentially a "fast lane", to certain internet services over others.

Like Pai, they argue that the stricter FCC oversight enabled by the Title II classification is unnecessary to enforce them.

Mr. Pai in a speech at Washington's Newseum sketched out a plan to untangle the 2015 "net neutrality" rules that classified the.

According to commentators, the internet industry, which considered net neutrality essential for its business, would likely not give in without a fight.

FCCPai did not give a direct, one-to-one replacement for the current rules. Immediately following the FCC's vote adopting the Title II Order, my predecessor was asked what the Internet conduct standard meant.

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In an interview with Bloomberg later on Wednesday, Pai said that he would welcome a Congressional attempt to replace such protections.

"Reversing the classification of internet services will not change the commitment of cable ISPs to provide an open internet experience for our customers", he said. They were favored by websites who said they would guarantee equal access to the internet to all but opposed by internet service providers, who said they could eventually result in rate regulation, inhibit innovation and make it harder to manage traffic.

"We continue to support the fundamental tenants of Net neutrality", AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on Tuesday. Pai scrapped that decision shortly after becoming chairman, however.

The FCC is now Republican-leaning where net neutrality opponents have a 2 to 1 majority - so although Pai's proposal may have a long way to go before it may become law, his plans are expected to pass.

The GOP chairman could still nudge his net neutrality replacement regime in that direction as the plan develops. "Consumers pay for access to the entire internet free from blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization". In fact, I was very surprised at Chairman Pai's tone in talking about this today and how dismissive he was of every other argument that's come before.

"The success of America's startup ecosystem depends on more than improved broadband speeds", the letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says. Going after the Obama-era FCC's signature regulation is his most aggressive move yet in that direction.

Pai said he will offer a reversal of the 2015 order, to be voted on by the FCC next month, to return to "a light-touch regulatory framework", which he argued has "enabled the internet to grow and evolve beyond nearly anyone's expectations".

One way to delay the rollback would be for FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn not to vote such a proposal, which would deny the Republicans the quorum they needed to proceed, but neither Markey nor Blumenthal, who weighed in, said they would advise Clyburn to take such action, or inaction as it were, saying that was up to her. Markey did say he would talk to Clyburn, who is the only remaining commissioner who voted for the Open Internet order.

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