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FCC chairman proposes overturning net neutrality rules


Pai referred here to Title II of the Communications Act, which in 2015 brought fixed and mobile internet service providers (ISPs) under the classification of common carriers. FCC commissioners should refuse to accept Pai's proposal and keep the current legal framework that guarantees a free and open internet. "Protect Net Neutrality. Don't Leave America's Innovators Behind".

Meeting recently with major ISPs like AT&T and Verizon, Pai reportedly suggested they commit in writing to open internet principles and include such language in their terms of service, which he believes would make them binding.

"In other words, this will be the beginning of the discussion, not the end", Pai said.

Craig Aaron, president of consumer-advocacy group Free Press, said the Trump's administration was trying to erase "one of the most important public interest victories ever".

Title II, therefore, extended the FCC's full regulatory authority to ISPs, authority that it then used to impose net neutrality rules.

Over time, the FCC established so-called net neutrality principles that state that Internet providers shouldn't block or slow down any websites or apps (no blocking or discrimination) and shouldn't charge extra for faster loading (no paid prioritization).

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Today during a speech at the Newseum in Washington, Pai said the simplest way to get rid of the existing rule is simply to hand regulatory jurisdiction of broadband providers back to the Federal Trade Commission. After months of questions about his plans for net neutrality, Pai on Wednesday laid out plans to repeal net neutrality's very underpinnings: Title II.

Net neutrality basically prevents broadband providers from playing favourites or steering users toward (or away from) particular internet sites.

Such opposition will come in a number of forms, such as letters from startups, investors and others to Chairman Pai and activism by the Internet Association made up of companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

The benefits of adopting his approach, Pai maintained, would include better access to affordable high-speed internet for more Americans; greater investment in building new high-speed networks, resulting in more jobs; and more competition among broadband providers.

After the rules were passed in 2015, large telcos and cable operators, as well as Pai and Republicans, have complained that the rules would hinder broadband investments.

Pai announced that instead of unilaterally stripping the FCC of its power to regulate the internet as a utility, he is opting for a transparent rule-making process so the people can "weigh in". In 2014, comedian John Oliver in his HBO show owned by Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) helped galvanize support for net neutrality.

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