Ajit Pai Sets Out to Repeal
“For almost twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress. This bipartisan framework led the private sector to invest $1.5 trillion building communications networks throughout the United States. And it gave us an Internet economy that became the envy of the world.
“But in 2015, the prior FCC bowed to pressure from President Obama. On a party-line vote, it imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the Internet. That decision was a mistake. It’s depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation.
“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. Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet. 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 and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.
“Additionally, as a result of my proposal, the Federal Trade Commission will once again be able to police ISPs, protect consumers, and promote competition, just as it did before 2015. Notably, my proposal will put the federal government’s most experienced privacy cop, the FTC, back on the beat to protect consumers’ online privacy. “Speaking of transparency, when the prior FCC adopted President Obama’s heavy-handed Internet regulations, it refused to let the American people see that plan until weeks after the FCC’s vote. This time, it’ll be different. Specifically, I will publicly release my proposal to restore Internet freedom tomorrow—more than three weeks before the Commission’s December 14 vote.
“Working with my colleagues, I look forward to returning to the light-touch, market-based framework that unleashed the digital revolution and benefited consumers here and around the world.”
Corynne McSherry with EFF
said, "Today, we heard from the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) about its plans to devastate Network
Neutrality. Instead of responding to the millions of Americans
who want to protect the free and open Internet, the FCC instead
is ceding to the demands of a handful of massive ISPs, like
Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.
President & CEO Michael Beckerman added, “Chairman Pai’s
proposal, if implemented, represents the end of net neutrality
as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans who
support the 2015 Open Internet Order. This proposal undoes
nearly two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net
neutrality principles that protect Americans’ ability to access
the entire internet.