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FCC chairman wants to rollback Net neutrality rules

2017-04-07 15:04 by
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The FCC chairman reportedly considers reversing the Net neutrality rules. Ajit Pai met with telecommunications trade groups to talk about the rollback.

Pai believes the proposed FCC internet privacy rules were unfair as they applied to providers under the FCC's watch – including telecoms companies – but not internet-centred companies including Facebook and Google.

In order to compensate the rules, Pai plans to ask ISPs to sign an agreement not to artificially throttle internet traffic. Instead, those companies will be asked to add a promise to their terms of service not to force low-paying users into slow lanes.

"If these reports are true," said Chris Lewis, VP at Public Knowledge, "Chairman Pai is preparing to give dominant cable and telecommunications companies what their D.C. lobbyists have dreamed of for years: voluntary net neutrality 'rules' where consumer protection is no more than 'trust your cable or internet provider.'"

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