But, Pai is confident of winning yet another battle for internet providers. He said the agency will vote during its May 18 meeting on whether to move forward by seeking comments from the public. "So what happened after the Commission adopted Title II?" A broadband provider could potentially decide to change its net neutrality policy after notifying customers. The FCC has taken few actions to enforce the regulations, he said. Switching to Title I, he says, will create "a clearer path to invest more in our nation's broadband infrastructure". The Commission will vote on Internet rules, grounded in multiple sources of the Commissions legal authority, to ensure that Americans reap the benefits of an open Internet.
CALinnovates executive director Mike Montgomery said that it was time for Congress to step in to settle the matter.
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But opponents of the repeal say that there is no reason to remove the classification, and that competition amongst the USA service providers has thrived since the change.
The language tended toward the extreme on the call, with Blumenthal saying the Trump Administration was trying to kill a vital part of the Internet, the openness that was the heritage and DNA of the "net, and destroy the basic protections of no blocking and throttling and paid prioritization". Blumenthal said. "Any effort to roll back [net neutrality] in draconian fashion could be against the law".
Pai, a Republican commissioner chosen by President Donald Trump to lead the FCC, has long criticized the rule. This 2015 rule gives the FCC a roving mandate to micromanage the Internet. Companies like Google and Facebook and Netflix became household names precisely because we didn't have the government micromanaging how the internet would operate. Today's announcement is in stark contrast to a landmark net neutrality policy that was approved by the Chairman's predecessor to ensure that the internet remains open to all and that all online content is always treated the same by the internet providers.
Barlow suggested the net neutrality rules do the exact opposite of one of their main goals - to protect free speech online by requiring ISPs to treat all traffic equally.
For many Republicans and broadband groups, undoing the common-carrier classification is the key reason for reversing the net neutrality rules. "I intend to continue to represent them".
Free Market think tank Free State Foundation saw it quite differently.
"When we are saddled with FCC rules that will deny many Americans high-speed internet access and jobs, doing nothing is nothing doing", Pai said in a speech Wednesday in Washington. Public utility regulation is inappropriate for a digital broadband marketplace that is competitive and dynamic. "It undermines investment, reduces jobs, and stifles innovative new services", Grilllo writes. Pai said Wednesday at the event, sponsored by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council and FreedomWorks, that the FCC's regulation had discouraged investment in broadband.
"This proposal is Washington policymaking at its worst - an alignment of government regulators with dominant industry interests", said Ryan Clough, general counsel for Public Knowledge.
Meanwhile, the FCC chairman has also been looking for allies.
Instead, Pai wants to return ISPs to being "information service providers" under Title I of the Act.
He vowed to "aggressively" modernize the FCC's rules and "cut unnecessary red tape and give broadcasters more flexibility", adding the review would cover rules pertaining to traditional broadcasters, cable and satellite carriers.
ISPs have put up roadblocks for consumers when given the opportunity.