FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

"Chairman Pai will start that process with a vote on proposed rule making as early as the FCC's May meeting that will roll back the classification of broadband as a Title II service, but still keep some of the net neutrality regime in place", he told reporters.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai's much-anticipated speech outlining next steps on net neutrality regulation drew immediate response from inside and outside the Beltway.

"Going forward we can not stick with regulations from the Great Depression that were meant to micromanage Ma Bell", Paid said, referencing the broadband rules that also apply to phone companies. In laying out his vision for a less regulated industry Pai said his proposals would "bring better, faster Internet service, spur job growth and economic opportunity, boost competition, secure online privacy, and "restore Internet Freedom by ending government micromanagement".

Pai, in his speech, argued the FCC rules deter deployment and other investment in their networks, echoing other critics.

Companies say they don't want the stricter regulation that comes with the net neutrality rules. "Days after a disappointing 2014 midterm election, and in order to energize a dispirited base, the White House released an extraordinary YouTube video instructing the FCC to implement Title II regulations". In February, the agency chose to not review the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, it also blocked consumer data privacy rules and is set to fight net neutrality. "We. depend on an open Internet - including enforceable net neutrality rules that ensure big cable companies can't discriminate against people like us", they wrote. Pai's plan aims to cede regulatory jurisdiction of broadband providers back to the Federal Trade Commission.

One way to delay the rollback would be for FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn not to vote such a proposal, which would deny the Republicans the quorum they needed to proceed, but neither Markey nor Blumenthal, who weighed in, said they would advise Clyburn to take such action, or inaction as it were, saying that was up to her. Markey did say he would talk to Clyburn, who is the only remaining commissioner who voted for the Open Internet order. "It was illogical for the FCC in 2015 to. regulate the Internet under an 80-year-old law created to set rates for the rotary-dial-telephone era". As you'd expect, ISPs weren't fans of Title II because it meant they were subject to countless rules and oversight.

But opponents of the repeal say that there is no reason to remove the classification, and that competition amongst the USA service providers has thrived since the change.

Opponents to the Title II protection of net neutrality have often argued the common carrier classification has slowed investment in internet infrastructure and stifled innovation from internet service providers.

Pai also touted the FCC's plans to overhaul the government's' media ownership rules, saying numerous rules did not match the modern marketplace, "including one dating back to 1975".

"AT&T continues to support the fundamental tenets of net neutrality", AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in a statement Wednesday.

Mr. Pai in a speech at Washington's Newseum sketched out a plan to untangle the 2015 "net neutrality" rules that classified the.

"And it's particularly unfortunate to hear the Chairman of the FCC deploy fact-free rhetoric about supposed "government control over the internet" - a baseless distortion of the actual issues at stake in this debate".

Pai and Republican commissioner Michael O'Rielly now hold a 2-1 majority at the agency.

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