New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Says No Determination Has Been Made on Future of Net Neutrality

Ajit Pai, in his first press conference since being elevated to FCC chairman, said that no determination has been made as to what approach he will take to the agency’s net neutrality rules, as public interest groups mobilize to retain the set of regulations passed in 2015.

Pai was an opponent of the FCC’s approach, and President Trump’s selection of him to lead the agency has led to speculation that he would move to roll back the agency’s order.

But Pai said that they were still studying the issue, and declined to go into more specifics.

“I favor a free and open Internet, and I oppose Title II,” said Pai, referring to the FCC’s move in 2015 to reclassify broadband service as a common carrier. That was a regulatory maneuver that gave the agency a firmer legal footing to impose rules that bar Internet providers from blocking or slowing traffic, or from creating “fast lanes” for sale to deliver content at speedier rates to consumers. Major Internet providers have challenged the rules in court, but so far they have been upheld.

Pai also wouldn’t comment on how he planned to approach enforcement of the FCC rules, other than to note the recent passage of an FCC order that exempts smaller operators from the net neutrality transparency requirements.

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SOURCE: Variety, Ted Johnson