FCC Chairman working to eliminate net neutrality

Tammy Harvey
November 23, 2017

The freedom that comes with these rules will be the freedom of companies to charge more or less what they want for internet services, which turns out not to be ideal for U.S. consumers who have few if any choices among internet service providers.

The move is one of the more significant deregulatory efforts by Republicans since President Trump took office. "FCC's wrongheaded decision flies in the face of the millions of public comments you left urging the FCC to leave internet protections in place".

But Pai argued that those rules stifled innovation and amounted to government overreach.

"In an era where foreign governments have indisputably tried to use the internet and social media to influence our elections, federal and state governments should be working together to ensure that malevolent actors can not subvert our administrative agencies' decision-making processes", he continued, alluding to Russia's influence on the 2016 election via bot-driven fake news campaigns.

Pai's remarks were cheered by conservatives as well as cable, broadband and wireless companies, which provide most of the internet service to American homes, smartphones and other devices.

He urged Pai and the FCC to "reconsider its refusal to assist in my office's law enforcement investigation". He said his office and the FCC have shared information with one another before, but that despite offers to keep the records confidential, as done in the past, NY officials have "received no substantive response to our investigative requests".

Pai released his proposal Wednesday, giving the public and the commission more than three weeks to consider before the FCC takes a vote on December 14. Pai served as an associated general counsel at Verizon for two years beginning in 2001.

Yesterday, Pai announced his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules and to preempt state laws that regulate broadband.

Wheeler went on to say, "The job of the FCC is to represent the consumer".

"In today's digital age, the rules that govern the operation and delivery of internet service to hundreds of millions of Americans are critical to the economic and social well-being of the nation", Schneiderman wrote. They are planning to organize protests outside the company's stores across the country.

The FCC released the full text of the order on Wednesday. This requires internet providers to allow everyone the opportunity to equal speeds as well as all content on the internet.

For example, if an ISP chooses to block, slow certain websites, or give preferential treatment to content that it owns or has partnerships with, that provider would have to inform consumers of its policy on an "easily accessible website".

"It's official", Schumer said. The company also promised that it will continue its strong support for net neutrality and open internet.

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

An FCC spokesperson told ABC News Schneiderman's "so-called investigation is nothing more than a transparent attempt by a partisan supporter of the Obama Administration's heavy-handed Internet regulations to gain publicity for himself".

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