What happens once 'net neutrality' rules bite the dust?

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Pai's plan would require Internet service providers to disclose what they're doing, such as allowing some sites to load faster than others.

Many were critical of Pai's announcement and vowed to fight it.

Violations of the transparency rule could lead to fines by the FCC, said senior agency officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter more freely. It would also "stop the federal government from micromanaging the internet".

"It eliminates all prohibitions against blocking and throttling (slowing down) applications by broadband providers, and enables them to engage in paid prioritization and unreasonable discrimination at the point of interconnection", she said. The vote will take place at the same monthly meeting, on December 14.

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

"In 2015, the Democrats of the FCC decided that it was time to go all in, and what they did was essentially reclassified Internet providers, and started treating them as utility-style companies". According to Tom Wheeler, who served as Chairman of the FCC from 2013-17, the proposal "neatly steps away from (the) responsibility (to protect telecom consumers) by redefining Internet service as not being a "telecommunications service'". Now Pai is just weeks away from overturning the rules he voted against in 2015. "This so-called investigation is nothing more than a transparent attempt by a partisan supporter of the Obama Administration's heavy-handed Internet regulations to gain publicity for himself", the statement said.

But, that leverage is now being challenged along with net neutrality rules.

US Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) criticized the FCC for failing to turn over its internal analysis of the DDoS attacks that hit the FCC's public comment system.

Pai meanwhile celebrated his plan via online post. The agency regulates radio frequencies (for those who remember the 1990 film "Pump Up the Volume") and television content (see: George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say" bit).

Commissioner Brendan Carr expressed his support for the order. Pai then chose Carr to be the FCC's general counsel in January.

The move is one of the more significant deregulatory efforts by Republicans since President Trump took office.

"The internet flourished under this framework", Carr said. FCC doesn't take into account at the fact that federal antitrust law isn't used very aggressively, but FCC on the other hand could strictly enforce certain behaviors. For one, the company has been a prominent critic of the current net neutrality rules, and stands to benefit if they're dismantled. "So removing these regulations will help give consumers and companies of all kinds to be able to participate in the digital economy in a way they aren't able to now".

Jessica Rosenworcel Jessica Rosenworcel sits with Ajit Pai, left, and Brendan Carr at a Senate confirmation hearing in July.

The commission was formed by the Communications Act of 1934, covered telephone, telegraph and radio. She was sworn in August 11, the same day as Carr.

Pai has said that the number of comments for or against net neutrality rules "is not as important as the substantive comments that are in the record".

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