Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics

11 June, 2018, 23:10 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Net neutrality ends this Monday June 11th motion to keep it alive could die in the House

"The internet is coming for net neutrality".

Net neutrality rules were enacted to keep internet providers from blocking certain websites and changing the speed of access to some content. In a statement at the time, FCC chairman Ajit Pai framed the upcoming repeal as removing burdensome regulations. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai finally delivered what telecoms have been demanding for years: an end to regulations that treat them as a utility.

The way the internet is regulated in the United States is about to change. If you're interested in letting your representatives know where you stand on net neutrality and how you'd like them to vote, you can see a tally of who has and hasn't agreed to support net neutrality here.

"Monday, we are ending this flawed approach and allowing smaller internet service providers to focus their efforts on deploying more broadband, connecting more Americans with digital opportunity, and offering more competition in the marketplace", Pai wrote in a column for CNET published Sunday.

The US has officially repealed rules that governed the way net providers treated the data that travelled across their networks. Under a new plan, the Federal Trade Commission will police the ISPs. If House net neutrality supporters can get those last votes, which is unlikely, the decision would still need to be signed by President Trump who is expected to veto it if it ever came to that.


"Today, the Trump Administration has set into motion the destruction of the free and open Internet", she claimed. It may also make it harder for the next generation of online services to compete if they have to pay up to be placed in a so-called internet fast lane. But far more realistically, we're probably going to see some gradual shifts in our service over time, especially since Comcast backed down on its good-faith promise the day the repeal passed and has previously limited access to peer-to-peer applications.

The revised rules were a win for ISPs, whose practices faced significant government oversight and FCC investigations under the 2015 order.

The U.S. open internet rules expired on Monday, handing sweeping new powers to internet providers to block, throttle or offer paid "fast lanes" for web traffic, but a court battle remains ahead.

More than 20 states have filed a lawsuit to stop the net neutrality repeal. Congress could step in if several states pass their own legislation, and given the Republican majority, advocates for net neutrality are skeptical about the outcome.

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