Donald Trump's new FCC commissioner is fast-tracking repeal of net neutrality

08 April, 2017, 07:22 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Pai met with ISPs this week to talk about that effort and potentially having those ISPs publicly support Open Internet guidelines that the Federal Trade Commission could enforce.

"April Fools" Day came early last week, as professional lobbyists lit a wildfire of misinformation about Congress's action", the chairmen said. They then pledged that they would work together in defense of internet privacy.

Internet providers such as AT&T and Verizon argued that net neutrality made it harder to manage web traffic and curtailed broadband investment.

The FCC can establish clear rules, while the FTC reacts when companies fall short of promises to consumers, said Gigi Sohn, a fellow at the Open Society Foundations policy group who helped craft the net-neutrality rules while an aide for former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

"Chairman Pai's proposal would put the future of an open and free internet in the hands of big corporations and the powerful few at the expense of consumers".

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A state House committee has scheduled a public hearing for next Wednesday in Olympia to take comments on whether the state should step in. At the same time, the plans would likely overturn the application of Title II of the Telecom Act in the rules. Trump and Pai agree that the FCC rules are a textbook example of regulatory overreach and need to be changed.

"Net neutrality proponents too easily dismiss antitrust", Ohlhausen wrote.

Republicans are pushing the FCC to roll back Title II.

The net neutrality order also required ISPs to make more specific public disclosures about prices, fees, and data caps. This included a complaint process to oversee interconnection payments in which network operators or content providers pay ISPs for direct connections to consumer broadband networks.

Outrageous, right? Well, that's exactly what your Republican Congress and President Donald Trump are doing to your internet privacy ("Opinions Divided on Internet Privacy Rule Change", March 30). But further action from Congress might be necessary to let the FTC regulate the Internet businesses of mobile and landline phone companies because of a court ruling past year that let AT&T escape FTC oversight entirely. The move would potentially return jurisdiction over ISPs to the FTC, which is barred from regulating common carriers.


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