Net neutrality rollback: FCC chairman Ajit Pai responds to critics

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Last month, the Senate took the first step in a last ditch effort to save net neutrality by passing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would overrule the FCC's decision to end the regulation.

"Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster internet access and more competition".

Pai says that by deregulating the internet service provider industry, there will now be "strong consumer protections" and that "entrepreneurs [will get] the information they need as they develop new products and services". "Plain and simple, thanks to the FCC's rollback of Net Neutrality, Internet providers have the legal green light, the technical ability, and business incentive to discriminate and manipulate what we see, read, and learn online".

"Poll after poll after poll after poll shows large majorities of Republican voters in opposition to the FCC's repeal", Karr pointed out.

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The Federal Communications Commission said the repeal will remove problematic regulations.

Consumers aren't likely to see immediate changes following Monday, June 11, 2018 formal repeal of Obama-era internet rules that had ensured equal treatment for all.

There are two main schools of thought as to how the end of net neutrality will affect everyday internet users. Any Republican seeking re-election in the fall can't run from this polling data or from the people back home who demand real net neutrality. "That idea sits at the foundation of internet services, reflects how consumers enjoy the internet today, and despite claims to the contrary, has never truly been in jeopardy".

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Activists are hoping for a similar outcome in the House of Representatives, utilizing a process known as the discharge petition to pass the House's version of the Senate's resolution. Others, including the governors of Montana and NY, used executive orders to force net neutrality. "And in the medium- to long-term, I think we're going to see more investment in high-speed networks, particularly in rural areas that are hard to serve".

To restore the net neutrality rules, the House would have to vote in line with the Senate, and President Donald Trump would also have to sign the measure.

Lawmakers and tech companies are still fighting to save net neutrality.

Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat on the FCC, said in prepared remarks Saturday that the FCC had puts itself "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

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A more urgent battle is brewing in several states, which are passing their versions of net neutrality rules in defiance of the federal repeal. In a phone interview, Hansen told me that during the bill's hearings, even the giant cable companies said they agree with the principles of net neutrality.

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