FCC Plans to Dismantle Net Neutrality Rules that Ensure Fair and Open Internet

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality Rules

The Federal Communications Commission (FFC) plans to repeal the net neutrality rules, one of the signature policies of the Obama administration.

Under the net neutrality rules, internet services providers (ISPs) are prohibited from discriminating against certain websites and services. The internet must be open, fair, and competitive for all users, entrepreneurs, and businesses.

In a statement on Tuesday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulated a draft of his Restoring Internet Freedom Order to his fellow Commissioners. According him, the “FCC bowed to pressure” from President Barack Obama in 2015 and approved net neutrality rules on the internet.

Additionally, Pai said “that decision was a mistake” because it stifled innovation and investment to expand broadband networks. The FCC chairman stated that his order “would abandon this failed approach.” It would also “stop the federal government from micromanaging the internet.”

Furthermore, Pai said his order would only require ISPs to be transparent about their practices. It would also allow FCC to return to policing the ISPs, protecting consumers, and promoting competition.