FCC chief lays out attack on 'net neutrality' rules

Kathy Grillo, Verizon's senior vice president and deputy general counsel, public policy and government affairs, said the telco supports both net neutrality and Pai's proposal to roll back Title II utility regulation on broadband.

Pai and the cable companies want a more flexible system and lighter regulation, where internet service providers volunteer to protect net neutrality.

"Nothing about the internet was broken in 2015", Paid said, speaking at the Newseum in Washington D.C.

Pai said he will offer a reversal of the 2015 order, to be voted on by the FCC next month, to return to "a light-touch regulatory framework", which he argued has "enabled the internet to grow and evolve beyond nearly anyone's expectations".

The people told Recode that the agency could hold an initial vote on the proposal at the FCC's next meeting on 18 May.

While everyone and their dog has seen the glaring conflict of interests, Pai continued with his regular rhetoric that killing net neutrality will create jobs, boost competition, and spur broadband development.

The Obama-era regulations led to major broadband privacy rules that make it more hard for users of the internet to have their browsing and other data collected.

However, telecom firms are in favour of Pai's proposals and have welcomed the announcement. Title II refers for regulations such as "net neutrality". Our companies should be able to compete with incumbents on the quality of our products and services, not our capacity to pay tolls to Internet access providers.

In 2015, the FCC voted to regulate high-speed internet service as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act. He wants to go back to the internet rules instituted in 1996 under President Clinton and a Republican Congress.

The Internet Association, which represents Web companies including Google and Netflix, said it will keep working to defend the existing rules from repeal. "We don't block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content delivered over the Internet, and we are committed to continuing to manage our business and network with the goal of providing the best possible consumer experience", Roberts said in the statement.

Etsy brought sellers to meet with legislators or their staff members in Washington last month, although the company says the visit involved other issues in addition to net neutrality. "Title I classification was expressly upheld by the Supreme Court in 2005, and it's more consistent with the facts and the law", he said.

Pai has objected to the FCC's decision to classify broadband as a telecommunications service to be regulated under Title II.

"Depriving the FCC of its ongoing, forward-looking oversight of the broadband industry amounts to a dereliction of duty at a time when guaranteeing an open internet is more critical than ever", Senator Bill Nelson of the Senate Commerce Committee said in a statement. However, the Trump administration believes that net neutrality introduces unnecessary barriers for internet providers, discouraging investment in telecom infrastructure.

  • Zachary Reyes