For the next 90 days, the FCC will collect comments from stakeholders and the general public before drafting a specific order and voting on whether to set it into law. The NPRM proposes to reinstate the determination that mobile broadband is not a commercial mobile service, but a private mobile service (which like an information service is not subject to common carrier regulation).
Pai said the goal was "to return to the light-touch regulatory framework" that had allowed the internet to flourish.
The FCC this week began the process of reversing the previous administration's decision to impose heavy-handed Title II authority over internet service providers. "If you unequivocally trust that your broadband provider will always put the public interest, over their self-interest or the interest of their stockholders, then the Destroying Internet Freedom NPRM is for you".
Pai and his Republican colleague, Commissioner Mike O'Rielly, said the new review of net neutrality will include a cost-benefit analysis, which they say wasn't done in 2015.
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"The endgame appears to be no-touch regulation, " said Clyburn, "and a wholesale destruction of the FCC's public interest authority in the 21st century". During the 2015 effort to the write the net neutrality rules, more than 4 million comments poured into the agency, a lot of them in support of strict regulations. The vote sparked outcry from groups that oppose the change and prompted activists to gather outside FCC headquarters in Washington. Joining the protest were members of advocacy groups including Free Press, the American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, and the National Hispanic Media Coalition.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats reacted to the news with concern. Sen.
The Donald Trump-appointee was still a commissioner of the FCC when he first expressed his disfavor for the ruling. "We do not block, throttle or otherwise impair your online activity".
Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and other Internet companies back net neutrality rules, saying they guarantee equal access to the Internet.
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Bright-Line Rules: The 2015 Order had also adopted three bright-line rules prohibiting blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. Pai is carrying forward a swift Republican attack on telecom rules in 2017.
Pai already halted a net neutrality investigation into AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which have been favoring their own video services by exempting them from mobile data caps while charging competitors for the same data cap exemptions.
The NPRM kicks off a rulemaking process with broad potential implications for ISPs, consumers, and edge providers. Before the Title II reclassification, interconnection disputes were harming the quality of video streaming and other Internet services, but those disputes were quickly resolved once the rules were in place. All of that will go away once ISPs are no longer classified as common carriers.
Some hope for a lasting, bipartisan solution to come from Congress. One of the primary goals is removing the classification of ISPs as "Title II" carriers, which means they can not be as heavily regulated.
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