Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5 in Washington. While the same corporations have promised to invest more if the government deregulates them and gives them more powers, experts believe that the end user might even see their bills increasing if they want to get the best (fastest) quality of internet services.
The move sets the stage for a crucial vote next month at the Federal Communications Commission that could reshape the entire digital ecosystem.
The net neutrality rules were created in 2015 under the Obama administration.
The FCC will vote on the repeal at its monthly hearing December 14. It is expected to pass, with the GOP controlling three of the commission's five seats.
"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet". "Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices".
Pai is taking the opportunity to repeat his assertions that the net neutrality regulations - established after years of litigation over broadband providers throttling internet speeds and more - are bad for innovation.
"This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet", Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, said in a statement.
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"This is ridiculous and offensive to the millions of Americans who use the internet every day", said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat.
He cites industry research that claims broadband investment has decreased because of net neutrality rules, charges that proponents of net neutrality dispute. Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon are the on ramps. The FCC granted initial approval to Pai's plan in May, but had left open many key questions including whether to retain any legal requirements limiting internet providers conduct.
Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, and it's essentially how the internet has worked since its inception. Apple filed a comment on the proposed plan in support of strong open internet policies, as did millions of others.
"An ISP could slow down its competitors' content or block political opinions it disagreed with", argues advocacy group Free Press. "We have proof that markets work: For nearly two decades, the USA had a free and open internet without these heavy-handed rules".
Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the FTC, has said that the agency's expertise in data security and privacy issues will make it a powerful defender of USA consumers.
A USA appeals court previous year upheld the legality of the net neutrality regulations, which were challenged in a lawsuit led by telecommunications industry trade association US Telecom.