FCC chairman unveils plan to roll back net neutrality2017-04-26 16:21 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, Net Neutrality
The FCC chairman, Ajit Pai announced today a plan with which the commission will overturn the landmark 2015 Obama-era net neutrality rules. Basically, Pai wants to reverse the FCC's previous decision to classify ISPs as common carriers under Title II, and to leave ISPs to "self regulate."
"Earlier today I shared with my fellow commissioners a proposal to reverse the mistake of Title II and return to the light touch framework that served us so well during the Clinton administration, Bush administration, and first six years of the Obama administration," Pai said.
The proposal will have three effects: first, it'll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it'll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven't thought up yet; and third, it'll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules — like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites — that were implemented in 2015.
The commission is expected to vote on the proposal on its May 18 meeting.
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