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FCC approves plan to overturn net neutrality regulation

Thursday 18 May 2017 | 18:21 CET | News
The US Federal Communications Commission is pushing ahead with plans to overturn the net neutrality regulations adopted by the previous administration. The Commission voted to start the rulemaking process proposed by Chairman Ajit Pai, ending the so-called Title II classification of broadband services as a utility which allows the regulator to impose net neutrality rules. In a statement, the FCC said it wants to return to the previous Title I regime, which "preserved a flourishing free and open Internet for almost 20 years". 

In addition to overturning the utility designation on ISPs, the plan is to return to the Commission’s original classification of mobile broadband internet access service as a private mobile service, releasing mobile operators from the additional rules. A final catch-all internet conduct standard created by the Title II order would also be eliminated, in order to eliminate any regulatory uncertainty for ISPs. 

The proposal also seeks comment on whether the Commission should keep, modify, or eliminate the bright-line rules established by the Title II Order. These specifically ban the practices of throttling or blocking internet connections according to the application, content or device used or offering paid prioritisation of certain traffic, for both mobile and fixed broadband providers. 

The proposal will be open to a public consultation before the FCC takes a final vote on the matter. The plan is expected to generate significant public comment, after the original Open Internet order passed in 2015 already generated over 3 million responses. 



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