FCC chairman reveals plan to kill net neutrality

FCC chairman reveals plan to kill net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to do away with "net neutrality" rules that supporters argue are created to keep the web free and open for all.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday proposed vacating Obama-era net neutrality rules, handing a victory to broadband providers such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. while critics warned of higher prices and a less-open internet. A vote on the proposal is set for December 14.

Even worse, Pai plans to remove Title II classification of broadband internet access service providers. "Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them". But proponents of the net neutrality rules say that provides a strong enforcement grounding to protect consumers.

"Businesses large and small will have a clearer path to invest more in our nation's broadband infrastructure under Chairman Pai's leadership", the post continued.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today issued the following statement on the draft rulemaking that he circulated to his fellow commissioners today, seeking comment on whether the FCC should "modify, retain or eliminate" the national TV station ownership cap. Earlier in Summer, FCC received over 21 million comments that urgent the agency to preserve the current net neutrality rules (the commission is likely to call a lot of them "fake" as it had made unsubstantiated hacking claims).

How do you feel about the end of net neutrality?

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Under current laws, internet service providers must treat all internet content equally. However, the new rules are highly expected to pass since Pai's party is controlling three of the Commission's five seats.

Matt Wood of the consumer group Free Press said the new initiative was a "massive giveaway to the handful of media conglomerates" which control broadband.

"The FCC will no longer be in the business of micromanaging business models and preemptively prohibiting services and applications and products that could be pro-competitive", Pai said in an interview, adding that the Obama administration had sought to pick winners and losers and exercised "heavy-handed" regulation of the internet.

"The removal of antiquated, restrictive regulations will pave the way for broadband network investment, expansion and upgrades", Spalter said in a statement.

Pai's full proposal will be released on 22 November, a day before the Thanksgiving holiday in the US.

Senator Brian Schatz also shared his thoughts on the plan saying, "If adopted, the FCC's plan will change the way every American gets information, watches movies, listens to music, conducts business and talks to their families". In the same way, numerous signature companies in Silicon Valley think the internet should be open to all on an equal basis.

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