Public Knowledge urges President Trump to honor his campaign promises to put Americans before monopolies by preserving net neutrality rules as he nears the end of his first 100 days. Our companies should be able to compete with incumbents on the quality of our products and services, not our capacity to pay tolls to Internet access providers. From dismantling online privacy protections to enabling broadband and cable monopolies to continue overcharging consumers about $50 a month, every action Chairman Pai has taken has been in the name of industry consolidation, giving these monopolies new opportunities to raise prices and discriminate against competitors. The FCC could hold an initial vote on his proposal at the FCC's May 18 meeting, the sources said.
Before adopting the current rules, the FCC twice tried to impose net neutrality rules that were struck down by courts as going beyond the agency's authority.
"Broadcasting, and broadcasters, will not be a speed bump" for the Commission under his Chairmanship, PAI said, pointing to his making TV's "next-gen" ATSC 3.0 a priority.More news: Months After Nomination, Sonny Perdue Confirmed As Ag Secretary
Pai was an opponent of the FCC's increasing control over Internet service providers and led the charge against net neutrality rules ahead of his tenure as FCC chairman but still said he backs a "free and open internet," just under a different regulatory structure.
Pai, named chairman by President Donald Trump in January, said previous year the FCC should have repealed the ban on ownership of a broadcast station and newspaper in the same market, citing the closing of 400 USA newspapers, or about a quarter of daily titles, since 1975 as advertising revenue has sharply declined. "There's common ground here and there's room for an agreement here", Pai told reporters at a press conference on Thursday.
Some four million comments poured into the FCC in favor of the net neutrality rules in 2015, partly driven by comedian John Oliver, who explained the issue on his HBO show Last Week Tonight.More news: Blake Griffin leaves Game 3 with bruised right big toe
Under FTC-style enforcement, the FCC or the FTC would not set any industrywide net neutrality rules, instead depending on broadband providers' pledges to avoid blocking or slowing web traffic.
An FCC spokesman confirmed Pai's speech, but did not provide other details. Even before he was appointed by Trump, Pai was seen as a crusader against the net neutrality rules.More news: Caps win tight series over Leafs to set up rematch with Pens