Silicon Valley giants oppose FCC plan to repeal Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission testifies before a Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington

Ajit Pai Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission testifies before a Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington

The proposal, which will be up for public view tomorrow, is largely expected to pass with the vote splitting along party lines.

Acting Federal Trade Commission Chair Maureen Ohlhausen expressed support for the FCC's plan. Since then everyone has joined this conversation - from the public to the lawmakers and major companies. The beneficiaries of the revocation include broadband and telecommunication companies such as AT&T as well as Comcast.

Consumers Union called the proposal "an enormous loss for consumers" that "would give internet service providers more power and control over the websites we can visit".

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet", Pai said in an emailed statement.

Pai's proposal would require internet service providers to disclose whether they allow blocking or slowing down of consumer web access or permit so-called internet fast lanes to facilitate a practice called paid prioritization of charging for certain content.

The FCC's plan has also stirred up heated resistance on Reddit, where numerous users are calling for USA citizens to contact their state representatives to demand their support for net neutrality.

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More Obama-era regulations are heading to the shredder. Rights groups are also rallying to file lawsuits if the commission revokes net neutrality protections. The rules, which the commission is expected to vote on at its December 14 meeting, would replace those Open Internet or Net neutrality rules, which prevented Internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking or throttling legal content users sought to access, as well as preventing ISPs from accepting payment to prioritize some data.

Telecom giants have lobbied for years against these regulations and have fought to have more control over how the Americans consume internet content. This re-classified broadband as a utility service, giving the FCC the power to impose stricter regulations.

"The job of the FCC is to represent the consumer", he said. There has been swift and immediate criticism from consumers, elected officials, internet companies, social media platforms and content providers. They were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to web content and prevent broadband service providers from favoring their own content.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulates a draft of a rulemaking to consider retaining, modifying or eliminating the cap that, with the restoration of the UHF discount earlier this year, now enables TV station groups to reach as many as 78% of TV homes.

"Don't fall for the fearmongering", Pai wrote in a WSJ piece.

Since his days as a divergent commissioner of the FFC, during the administration of Obama, Ajit has remained loyal in his pledge to replace the current stronghold of the government regulatory over the services of broadband with the previous light-touch framework.

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