Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

Internet firms winding up for a fight on 'net neutrality'

US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, appointed by Trump in January, will deliver a speech entitled "The Future of Internet Regulation" on Wednesday and is expected to begin seeking public input on repealing the elements contained in the 2015 net neutrality rules.

Net neutrality rules enacted during the Obama administration basically prevents broadband providers from playing favorites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites. Many Internet companies and online rights groups say the rules are critical for protecting innovation and free expression. "A year ago the United States experienced the first decline in broadband investment outside of a recession", Pai said in a speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, as cited by Tech Crunch.

He will lay out his vision during a speech tomorrow in Washington, D.C., at an event hosted by the conservative-leaning group FreedomWorks.

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Nearly two dozen smaller ISPs have told FCC chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC's 2015 Open Internet order reclassifying ISPs as Title II common carrier telecom services "hangs like a black cloud", a cloud they are urging him to dispel ASAP. We are concerned by reports that you would replace this system with a set of minimum voluntary commitments, which would give a green light for Internet access providers to discriminate in unforeseen ways.

Pai has been a critic of the FCC's approach to net neutrality, in which internet providers were classified as common carriers.

Before adopting the current rules, the FCC twice tried to impose net neutrality rules that were struck down by courts as going beyond the agency's authority.

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Sources close to Pai said that he intends to keep the internet principles, but wants to get rid of the utility-style regulatory framework.

At the time, Pai also hinted that the FCC would look into raising the media ownership limit. John Oliver also dedicated a show segment to the topic, which raised awareness of an otherwise jargon-y, abstract issue. In simple words, internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, Charter, and Verizon are not allowed to slow down or block internet traffic.

For the moment, though, there's no net-neutrality development to rally around, and won't be until there's an actual FCC proposal up for debate.

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