FCC head lays out plan to overturn net neutrality

FCC head lays out plan to overturn net neutrality

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Michael O'Rielly.

The battle over net neutrality is about heat up again.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday said the commission will vote May 18 on a proposal to reverse the Open Internet rules passed two years ago by the FCC.

Those rules, which prevented Internet service providers (ISPs) from throttling or blocking content online, were passed by a Democrat-laden commission led by then Chairman Tom Wheeler. President Obama appointed Wheeler and supported the rules, which invoked Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 to give the FCC authority to oversee ISPs as "common carriers" and the Internet itself as a public utility.

But Pai, a Republican who voted against those rules as a commissioner and was named chairman by President Trump three months ago, said those regulations were heavy-handed, reduced investment in network expansion and slowed consumer access to faster broadband connections.

"When businesses cut back on capital expenditures, the areas that provide the most marginal returns on investment are the first to go," Pai said. "And in the case of broadband, that means low-income rural and urban neighborhoods.  As a result, Title II has kept countless consumers from getting better Internet access or getting access, period."

The FCC's vote would set in motion a rulemaking process on reversing the reliance on Title II and classification of broadband as a telecommunications service to "light-touch" regulatory oversight of Title I of the Act as an information service.

Pai made the announcement Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington at an event hosted by conservative-libertarian group FreedomWorks, which opposed the passage of the rules in 2015, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, which has supported the current FCC's regulatory reduction efforts.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Going bananas

Going bananas..

22-May, 08:16

It may be a staple of fruit bowls across the country, but the banana has...

Liam Payne forced to apologise to the Philippines after making awkward mistake in Facebook Live video and declaring he has never visited country despite performing there with One Direction in 2015

Liam Payne forced to apologise to the Philippines after making awkward mistake in Facebook..

22-May, 15:25

The 23-year old was answering questions from fans during the Facebook...

Labour lures young voters with pledge to scrap university tuition fees this year

Labour lures young voters with pledge to scrap university tuition fees this year..

22-May, 09:56

Labour is promising to end university fees as soon as this autumn, in a...

Hacker ring busted before going global after stealing from Russian bank customers

Hacker ring busted before going global after stealing from Russian bank customers..

22-May, 10:00

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) has announced the arrest...

Google's Top 17 Easter Eggs, Gags, and Hoaxes

Google's Top 17 Easter Eggs, Gags, and Hoaxes..

04-Mar, 05:14

Buried Deep in Google Google Web site--and many of the company's...

Yeo Yoo Man Man Episode 3327

Yeo Yoo Man Man Episode 3327..

24-Feb, 23:24

The following Yeo Yoo Man Man Episode 3327 English Sub has been released....

Egypt denies reports about giving Sinai to Palestinians

Egypt denies reports about giving Sinai to Palestinians..

23-Feb, 09:36

The spokesman for Egypt's president is categorically denying Israeli...

South African Protesters Say EU Is Dumping Low-Cost Chickens

South African Protesters Say EU Is Dumping Low-Cost Chickens..

01-Feb, 09:36

Workers and managers in South Africa's chicken industry have marched to...