FCC chairman confirms net neutrality vote planned for December

Ajit Pai: Restoring Internet Freedom Should Have Happed Long Time Ago

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to reveal plans for dismantling Obama-era net neutrality rules on Tuesday, according to a report.

In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (pictured) called existing net neutrality rules "heavy-handed, utility-style regulations" that have "depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation". He distributed his alternative plan to other FCC commissioners Tuesday in preparation for a December 14 vote on the proposal, and promised to release his entire proposal Wednesday.

Supporters of net neutrality have argued that an end to the regulations will prompt big internet service providers to raise prices for favored, revenue-generating content such as new movies while slowing or eliminating access to less-favored and typically free material.

The Internet Association, representing major technology firms including Alphabet and Facebook, said Pai's proposal "represents the end of net neutrality as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans". Under his proposal, "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 and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate", Pai said in a statement.

Net neutrality rules, created to keep the internet a free and open place with democratic access for all, are once again under serious threat in the United States. Gutting net neutrality will have a devastating effect on free speech online.

Without net neutrality, internet providers could speed up their own shows they want you to watch.

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New rules would restore a "light-touch regulatory approach", said Pai, a Republican appointed by President Trump. It is expected to pass, with the GOP controlling three of the commission's five seats.

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". Verizon also favors repeal and less regulation.

NCTA-the Internet & Television Association, a trade group with members including top USA cable provider Comcast and No. 2 Charter Communications Inc., said it welcomed Pai's proposal.

"Strong net neutrality protections must be in place to maintain a truly open and free internet", said Peters. Or slow down shows from competitors like Netflix, Google or Amazon.

Consumers Union called the proposal "an enormous loss for consumers" that "would give internet service providers more power and control over the websites we can visit".

"The administration is moving to destroy the openness and dynamism of the internet", Pelosi said in an email message.

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