The FCC has unveiled its plan to repeal its net neutrality rules

The FCC has unveiled its plan to repeal its net neutrality rules

The FCC has unveiled its plan to repeal its net neutrality rules

The head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans on Tuesday to repeal landmark 2015 rules that prohibited internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content in a move that promises to recast the digital landscape. He distributed his alternative plan to other FCC commissioners Tuesday in preparation for a December 14 vote on the proposal, and promised to release his entire proposal Wednesday. "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".

Legacy telecommunications companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast have sought an end to net neutrality, while new Internet companies like Google and Facebook support it. There were concerns about potential price regulation, even though the FCC had said it won't set prices for consumer internet service.

"Businesses large and small will have a clearer path to invest more in our nation's broadband infrastructure under Chairman Pai's leadership", the post continued.

New proposed regulations are being circulated among the commission today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday. According to reports, the chairman will seek to overturn almost all of the Net Neutrality safeguards put in place during the Obama administration. Gutting net neutrality will have a devastating effect on free speech online.

Net neutrality is the concept that providers of internet services must treat all traffic equally.

Pai is among three Republicans on the five-member FCC. Pai, a Republican, was installed by President Donald Trump.

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"This is ridiculous and offensive to the millions of Americans who use the internet every day", said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat.

The FCC under Obama regulated internet service providers like public utilities under a section of federal law that gave the agency sweeping oversight over the conduct of these companies.

AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have said that repealing the rules could lead to billions of dollars in additional broadband investment and eliminate the possibility that a future presidential administration could regulate internet pricing.

NCTA-the Internet & Television Association, a trade group with members including top USA cable provider Comcast and No. 2 Charter Communications Inc., said it welcomed Pai's proposal.

"The open internet uplifts the voices of people of color and racial-justice advocates, activists and dissenters of all stripes, independent content creators and journalists, and entrepreneurs". They say the regulations can undermine investment in broadband and introduced uncertainty about what were acceptable business practices.

Should the commission vote to rescind the protections, internet service providers will have vast power to reshape how we access the WWW.

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