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FCC Chairman Reveals Full Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

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Nov 22, 2017, 12:19 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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. Rather than force ISPs to comply with bright-line rules, Pai would have them adopt "transparency requirements" to disclose information about their practices to consumers, entrepreneurs, and the Commission. The idea is that if they are open about their practices, it will be easy for consumers to choose their service. The order also would restore the FTC's oversight of the broadband industry, giving it the power to protect consumers online from any unfair, deceptive, and anticompetitive practices. With the order now public, the FCC will field comments over the next few weeks before it is expected to vote on the matter at its December 14 open meeting. Pai insists that today's net neutrality regulations are overly burdensome to ISPs and have dampened investment in new services. He believes removing these regulations will encourage investment and growth. The move is seen as a win for internet companies.




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Nov 23, 2017, 9:54 AM

Pai is an ideologue who is only concerned with big businesses and their army of lobbyists.

Transparency isn’t worth jack because in most areas you only have one terrestrial broadband provider or two who act in a cartel manner and therefore government regulation is a necessary evil.

So now Comcast will rape you ever more over broadband fees, but they’ll do so “transparently”. But whadday’a gonna do? Who else will you get your broadband from?

I am willing to give Pai more of the benefit of the doubt in the wireless marketplace because with at least four providers in each area there is at least some modicum of competition to keep providers acting fair.
Could you pretty please promise to treat customer right? this is our new net neutrality when this happens. You hit the nail on the head. Its ironic how the people who are going to be the most effected are the supporters of 'free market' internet.
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