The internet must be open, fair, and competitive for all users, entrepreneurs, and businesses.
Pai previously pledged to try to repeal the net neutrality regulations enacted under the Obama administration, which treat internet service providers as if they were utility companies that provide essential services, like electricity. According him, the “FCC bowed to pressure” from President Barack Obama in 2015 and approved net neutrality rules on the internet.
Some FCC commissioners have said they will oppose the order. It would also “stop the federal government from micromanaging the internet”. All major ISPs have publicly committed to preserving an open internet and the proposed transparency rules will require that all ISPs clearly and publicly articulate their internet practices.
Pai says the Obama-era FCC had “finally met the enemy, and the enemy was giving something that consumers wanted for free”.
The FCC will vote on Pai’s proposal at its December 14 meeting.
“For nearly twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress”, the statement from Chairman Pai reads.
The comment system allows the public to weigh in on any proposed rule changes – the FCC was looking at changing net neutrality rules – and under federal law, the agency has to take those comments into consideration.
Yesterday, Pai announced his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules and to preempt state laws that regulate broadband.
Net neutrality is the current model under which the internet operates in the US. This proposal tears at the foundation of that openness.
Additionally, as a result of my proposal, the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police ISPs, protect consumers, and promote competition, just as it did before 2015.
Whether you visit social media or stream videos, your data will be transferred at the same speed as such, opponents of Net Neutrality suggest that specific aspects of the internet should be based on a preferential service.
As we’ve reported before, dozens of consumer advocacy groups including Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and the ACLU have supported the strong net neutrality rules – aligned with companies like Netflix, Google, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit and Amazon.
The FCC will vote on the order at its meeting on December 14.
“These heavy-handed regulations as we find in the order are having an effect on investment and innovation, making companies less likely to raise and spend capital building out networks, especially in rural, and low-income urban America”, he said. It “will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content”.
While the voting is expected to happen along party lines, million of citizens on both sides of the political spectrum have voiced their support for net neutrality regulations, writing to the FCC to share their opinion. That could put them on more even footing with other platforms, perhaps such as Facebook, which has users all across the country. Pai served as an associate general counsel at Verizon for two years.
Concerns about Pai’s deregulatory agenda grew as the FCC unveiled significant policy proposals in the final days before the Thanksgiving holiday.