Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics

Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics

"The fight to restore net neutrality rules has new urgency today and moving forward as we continue to work in the House of Representatives to repeal the FCC's bad decision".

It's official. The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality protections takes effect today.

The FCC said it had repealed the rules because they restrained broadband providers like Verizon and Comcast from experimenting with new business models and investing in new technology. The opponents argued that the repeal would open the door for service providers to censor content online or charge additional fees for better service - something that could hurt small companies - and several states have taken steps to impose the rules on a local level.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the deregulatory move, says the repeal will improve broadband service.

In 2015, the Title II Order reclassified the internet as a telecommunications service, which is regulated like a public utility. Or the could block websites or apps that offer competing services to their own.

Senate Democrats had urged the House of Representatives to vote to reverse the FCC decision before Monday, and still hold out hope of a vote later this year. The CRA measure, if it passed both chambers and were signed by the president, would void the laissez-faire "regulations" promulgated by the FCC in December 2017, under agency Chairman Ajit Pai.

"Today, the Trump Administration has set into motion the destruction of the free and open Internet", she claimed.

A spokeswoman for the FCC previously directed CNNMoney to a section of the final order for net neutrality, in which the FCC asserts authority to prevent states from pursuing laws inconsistent with the net neutrality repeal.

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The net neutrality rules were approved in 2015.

"Internet service providers spent millions of dollars lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to end net neutrality, and they are certainly going to expect a healthy return on that investment", the ACLU blogged last week.

The government's net neutrality rules are now officially a thing of the past.

Big changes could be headed to the internet industry as net neutrality becomes a policy of the past. And three other states, California, New York and IL, plan to pass their own versions soon.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat who voted against the repeal, said Monday that the decision put the FCC "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

The new rule means more money for broadband companies. Others disagree and will challenge Pai in court, while many states are fighting back with their own laws, further muddling the situation.

Net neutrality looks set to live on in piecemeal form as some U.S. states are enacting legislation that will require telecoms companies operating in their territories to abide by similar laws.

On May 16, the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold only a narrow majority, voted 52 to 47 to overturn the decision by the FCC - which is now composed of three Republicans and Rosenworcel. Essentially, users and consumers of the internet will not be charged more for faster or better speeds, instead, the accessible quality and quantity of the internet will be the same for everyone.

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