FCC chairman confirms net neutrality vote planned for December

FCC chairman confirms net neutrality vote planned for December

The Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C) is readying itself to annul the net neutrality rules that demand that broadband providers issue their customers with equal access to content on the internet.

The landmark 2015 net neutrality rules considered internet as a utility that is essential to the public similar to phones and electricity, a move that Pai has called "heavy handed".

Pai's proposal is the latest step in a years-long tug-of-war over regulations dictating how companies such as AT&T and Comcast allow access to internet content - from Facebook Inc.'s social media site to Netflix Inc.'s streaming videos.

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet", Pai said in a statement. "Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them". Nearly six out of 10 Americans favor keeping the current regulations, while only 16 percent said they wanted to overturn net neutrality, according to a phone survey from Consumer Reports.

Since his days as a divergent commissioner of the FFC, during the administration of Obama, Ajit has remained loyal in his pledge to replace the current stronghold of the government regulatory over the services of broadband with the previous light-touch framework.

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The FCC will vote on the plan to repeal net neutrality on December 14, and with Republicans controlling three out of the commission's five seats, the vote is expected to pass.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney who was appointed to the agency by President Donald Trump, is expected to reveal plans to overturn net neutrality this week, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Pai's full proposal will be released on 22 November, a day before the Thanksgiving holiday in the US. "Thanks in part to net neutrality, the open internet has grown to become an unrivaled source of choice, competition, innovation, free expression, and opportunity".

"The Internet should be competitive and open", Google said on its website. The vote for net neutrality in 2015 was also along party lines, but Democrats dominated then. The embattled rules risk "stifling innovation, costing jobs, and casting a pall over the investment needed", said Michael Powell, chairman of the Washington-based trade group. "We agree that internet users should have the freedom to go anywhere on the internet or to run any application with confidence that internet traffic will in no way be blocked or throttled", the organization said in a statement.

The repeal would be welcome news for major telecoms, who have lobbied extensively to gut regulations that restrict their control over internet traffic.

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