FCC chairman stands by net neutrality repeal after appeals court ruling

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has said he stands from the bureau’s repeal of landmark web neutrality principles and circulated a proposal to tackle issues raised by a US appeals court.

A federal appeals court in October 2019 largely upheld the FCC’s December 2017 internet neutrality repeal, however, led the agency to rethink the order’s effect on public safety regulations attachments to utility poles and the agency’s capacity to offer subsidies for broadband services.

An FCC spokesman affirmed that Pai’s arrangement isn’t proposing any policy changes to deal with problems raised by the appeals court.

The FCC under President Donald Trump voted 3-2 to throw out Obama-era rules forbidding internet providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or supplying paid quick lanes.

Pai said Monday the internet has remained free and open.

The FCC will vote on Pai’s purchase on October the 27th, a week ahead of the presidential elections. Democrats have attempted to create the internet neutrality repeal a campaign issue in the past couple of decades.

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FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said that the “court decision took the agency to task for disregarding its duty to consider how the FCC’s decision threatened public safety, service for low-income households, and broadband infrastructure.”

“Now the courts have asked us for a do-over,” she explained.

The internet neutrality repeal was applauded by online service providers (ISPs), since it gave them sweeping powers to recast how Americans use the world wide web, so long as they disclose modifications. The rules took place in June 2018, but ISPs haven’t altered the way users access the world wide web.

The appeals court ruled the FCC overstepped its legal authority when it announced states can’t pass their own internet neutrality laws.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson. Editing by Franklin Paul and Leslie Adler.

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