Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday took the first steps in his plan to roll back the key component of the “net-neutrality” order set during the Obama administration.
In an impassioned speech given in Washington, DC, Pai did not detail a direct replacement for the rules, but issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to the rest of the agency that will reverse the their current classification of internet service providers (or “ISPs”) as utility-like telecommunication services under Title II of the Communications Act.
Instead, Pai wants to return ISPs to being “information service providers” under Title I of the Act. That’s what they were considered prior to the 2015 rules, and would give them far greater control over what they can and cannot do.
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