FCC Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Is Said to Plan Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to reveal plans for dismantling Obama-era net neutrality rules on Tuesday, according to a report.

Pai's proposal is to be presented to fellow FCC commissioners Tuesday ahead of a vote set for December 14 at the agency, where the chairman - an appointee of President Donald Trump - leads a Republican majority.

Rules to be set aside include a ban on blocking or slowing web traffic, and a prohibition on offering "fast lanes" that give quicker service to content providers willing to pay extra. Pai, who served as an FCC chairman under former Present Barack Obama, is opposed to net neutrality as well and was chosen by President Donald Trump to serve as chairman for a five-year term.

But supporters of the rules say they are a necessary consumer protection as Internet providers such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T have sought to control a growing chunk of the country's media and information economies.

Net neutrality rules "recognize the importance of maintaining a level playing field for all Internet content - regardless of the creator or owner - to be enjoyed by all users, regardless of their Internet provider", wrote the mayors of 65 cities in a recent letter to Pai. Even though most people agree with the basic premise of net neutrality, the FCC's rules have become a lightning rod for controversy because they placed broadband providers under the same strict regulations that govern telephone networks.

Tina Pelkey, an FCC spokeswoman, declined to comment.

Broadband companies praised Pai's proposal on net neutrality.

The FCC will soon vote to kill net neutrality.

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