FCC Boss to Unveil His Attack on Net Neutrality On Wednesday

One plan under serious discussion has the broadband industry embracing self-regulation by promising not to block web traffic. The matter has long pitted the tech companies against the internet providers and the chairman wants to solve the matter by this fall.

US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, appointed by Trump in January, will deliver a speech entitled "The Future of Internet Regulation" on Wednesday and is expected to begin seeking public input on repealing the elements contained in the 2015 net neutrality rules.

Wheeler argued that ISPs were uniquely in a gatekeeper position vis-à-vis the edge and that the FCC didn't have the power to regulate the latter in any event.

Pai also said the FCC plans to vote to eliminate the "main studio rule" requiring radio and television broadcast stations to maintain a main studio in or near the community of their license. But policy analysts say that would be a high-risk, high-reward strategy that could quickly run into legal challenges from supporters of net neutrality desperate to preserve the existing rules.

The current Open Internet rules include a "general conduct standard" that allows the FCC to look, on a case-by-case basis, at practices that don't violate the brightline rules but could adversely impact the internet's openness and take action if they do. And he has floated the idea privately to various companies and groups that could be affected by that change in policy. "The elimination of clear rules protecting a free and open Internet would put us in uncharted territory and would create uncertainty for ISPs, edge providers and consumers alike", the two wrote in a recent op-ed for Re/code.

Pai has expressed support for a set of net neutrality principles, and has reportedly been mulling a plan in which telecom and cable providers would agree to abide by rules on a voluntary basis.

But the source told Law360. "Previous year the United States experienced the first decline in broadband investment outside of a recession", Pai said in a speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, as cited by Tech Crunch.

The FCC declined to comment for this story.

  • Anthony Vega