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‘We stand ready to work with the FCC, Congress and the industry on an approach that provides strong consumer protections while also allowing companies the flexibility and certainty to innovate, increase investment and compete aggressively’. “Protect Net Neutrality. Don’t Leave America’s Innovators Behind”.

The chairman’s announcement was welcomed by a number of ISPs, such as Verizon and CenturyLink, which opposed in court the original FCC order. Millions of Americans as well as internet companies, startups and innovators have supported the order.

He said the current framework discourages the spread of high-speed internet to poor and rural communities.

“The internet is evidence of the unparalleled heights that a true free market can reach”, Ryan said.

“Ending net neutrality would be a body blow to the open dialogue upon which successful self-government depends”. President Trump’s personal views on net neutrality are less clear.

“It is always a sad day when government regulators choose commercial interests over the public interest”, said Benton Foundation Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled plans to reverse net neutrality rules that were in place by the Obama administration in 2015. We were not living in some digital dystopia before the partisan imposition of a massive plan hatched in Washington saved all of us, ” Pai said. Thousands of school districts with little or no choice in the broadband marketplace would be at the mercy of companies who might choose to prioritize certain companies or types of content, they contend. Reversing the rules “will result in a worse internet for consumers and less innovation online”, they said.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is cutting right to the heart of the matter.

The internet is now regulated under Title II, which was created in the 1930s to regulate the Ma Bell telephone monopoly. According to the overview provided by Pai, his plan would instead recognize ISPs under Title I information services with “light touch” regulation. Thousands of websites, including Wikipedia, one of the internet’s most well-trafficked sites, temporarily went dark to protest legislation that would have given the government power to “blacklist” sites from the internet.

But Pai argued in his speech that the net neutrality rules have discouraged investment in broadband infrastructure and cost thousands of jobs.

Democratic Senator Edward Markey predicted Pai would face a “tsunami of resistance” to overturning the rules.

AT&T Chairman & CEO Randall Stephenson said Wednesday, “We applaud FCC Chairman Pai’s initiative to remove this stifling regulatory cloud over the internet”, and he described the 2015 rules as “illogical”. That effectively gives the FCC the authority to regulate practices that may violate the net-neutrality laws, but aren’t explicitly covered by the laws themselves.

The new head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday launched his long-expected campaign to undo the regulations adopted in 2015 under former President Barack Obama. “There is no defensible justification for such a move and the speed with which the action is being taken belies the naked political calculation at play”.