Trump Administration To Completely Overturn Net-Neutrality Protections

Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC and a Trump appointee, will push for completely overturning of net-neutrality.

Ajit Pai, President Donald Trump's pick at the FCC and its current chairman will push for the complete overturning of U.S net-neutrality rule in December. Net-Neutrality is a fundamental principle of freedom on the internet.

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday that it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites. The proposal, put forward by the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, is a sweeping repeal of rules put in place by the Obama administration. The rules prohibited high-speed internet service providers from blocking or slowing down the delivery of websites, or charging extra fees for the best quality of streaming and other internet services for their subscribers. Those limits are central to the concept called net neutrality.

Removing net-neutrality could give control of your net-experience to internet service providers who have nearly monopoly like powers.

“Your internet service provider will be free to make online fast lanes and favor the content of its choice,” said Gigi Sohn, a former senior adviser to Mr. Wheeler at the F.C.C. “That it will take away your control of your internet experience and give it to Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.”

Pai will also overturn a landmark ruling that declared broadband as an essential service comparable to phones, and electricity.

The plan to repeal the existing rules, passed in 2015, also reverses a hallmark decision by the agency to declare broadband as a service as essential as phones and electricity.