On Tuesday the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans to repeal the 2015 order that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing down consumer access to web content.
The attempt to repeal net neutrality has triggered protests from consumer groups and internet companies.
With three Republican and two Democratic commissioners, the move is all but certain to be approved. The advocacy group Free Press, which supports net neutrality, said Pai's plan could change how consumers experience the internet. "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 and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate".
Fifteen years after the passage of the Telecommunications Act, the Federal Communications Commission traded its values of a free market for nonessential enhanced government control, most prominently after the White House had released a YouTube video urging the Federal Communications Commission to implement Title II regulations, apparently compromising the independence of the agency. Supporters of net neutrality have also said that without regulation, a greater socio-economic digital divide could develop, creating a class of information "haves" and "have nots".
Washington, Nov 21 The top U.S. telecom regulator unveiled a formal plan today to roll back the "net neutrality" rules adopted in 2015 aimed at treating all online traffic equally.
FCC chairman sets out to repeal 'net neutrality' rules
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.
The FCC has confirmed it will vote in December on a proposal from chairman Ajit Pai to reform the net neutrality rules in the US.
The new FCC may not be a fan of net neutrality rules, but Pai is expecting to face strong fight from the public. He said earlier this year "people tell me that they want fast, affordable and reliable internet access". Should AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner be allowed to close, a repeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules could give the telecom giant greater power to flex its new content properties in different ways, according to some analysts. "We agree that internet users should have the freedom to go anywhere on the internet or to run any application with confidence that internet traffic will in no way be blocked or throttled", the organization said in a statement. That's good for shareholders, he said, but not good for consumers, who might see higher costs passed through to them.
Unlike some matter of the FCC that principally concern technicians and policy wonks, net neutrality is a subject of fierce public debate.