FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Dismantle Net Neutrality
Ajit Pai, the Republican Chairman of the FCC, today said he intends to abolish the net neutrality regulations put in place by the previous administration in favor of a "light touch" regulatory approach. "In 2015 the FCC ... imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the internet," argued Pai. "That decision was a mistake. It’s depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation." Pai provided no evidence to back this claim. "Today, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades." Pai says moving forward 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." Pai would also give control of privacy regulation back to the Federal Trade Commission, which would be responsible for policing internet providers and protecting consumers. The net neutrality rules as they stand today have bright-line rules about what ISPs can and cannot do in order to protect consumers and prevent prioritization schemes. Pai insists his approach will "unleash the digital revolution" that will benefit consumers. Pai plans to reveal his full plan later this week. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the matter at its next open meeting on December 14.
Mar 7, 2017
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
Feb 28, 2017
Speaking at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai laid out his vision for moving the FCC forward. Specifically, Pai wants to foster innovation and investment in 5G.
Jan 23, 2017
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai today said President Donald Trump has selected him to serve as the FCC's 34th Chairman. "I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States," said Pai in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
Nov 22, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today published a draft order that details how he intends to roll back the current net neutrality regulations. Pai said the order "would return to the bipartisan consensus on light-touch regulation, ending utility-style regulation of the internet." The goal, says Pai, is to "promote future innovation and investment." To start, Pai would strip the internet of its current classification as a "utility" and reclassify it as an "information service." Pai would also reinstate the private mobile service classification of mobile broadband internet service.