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FCC could change what you see on the web

FCC could change what you see on the web

Congressional Democrats have resisted working with Republicans on a net neutrality bill, saying that Pai's proposal is unlikely to survive an expected court challenge from supporters of the 2015 rules.

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet", said Pai in a statement.

The draft will include much more detail including cost-benefit analyses regarding the Obama-era regulations that were put in place, which the commission has maintained inhibited innovation and investment.

The most immediate effect of the FCC's plan "is that constraints limiting contractual arrangements [between Internet providers and other companies] ... will be lifted for both AT&T and its competitors", said Joshua Wright, a former Republican FTC commissioner.

Pai's proposal "represents the end of net neutrality as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans, " the group's president, Michael Beckerman, said in an email.

The proposal would allow internet providers to block or slow down certain websites or charge variable rates for different streaming quality or other internet services.




The net neutrality rules gave the FCC power to go after companies for business practices that weren't explicitly banned as well. But regulators, consumer advocates and internet companies were concerned about what broadband companies could do with their power as the pathway to the internet — blocking or slowing down apps that rival their own services, for example.

"We applaud FCC Chairman Pai's initiative to remove this stifling regulatory cloud over the internet", AT&T said in a post, according to The Hill.

"This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet", Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, said in a statement. "Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them".

Mr. Pai is arguing that the rollback will actually spur more competition in the ISP industry as companies become motivated to offer more choice in internet speeds and service packages to their users.

- FCC is expected to share the full text of its plans tomorrow, just a day before Thanksgiving, hoping that not many eyes will catch the bad news.

The FCC's plan has also stirred up heated resistance on Reddit, where numerous users are calling for US citizens to contact their state representatives to demand their support for net neutrality. He said earlier this year "people tell me that they want fast, affordable and reliable internet access". Here are three ways an end to net neutrality could affect you.