And groups like the ACLU, Greenpeace, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Color of Change voiced their support of net neutrality during the Day of Action that took place in July.
The regulation survived a court challenge from broadband providers past year. At the December meeting of the F.C.C, it is expected that commissioners will pass the proposal in a three to two.
Today, senior FCC officials outlined the net neutrality draft proposal that will be released by the commission tomorrow.
US President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to cancel hundreds of Obama-era regulations in as part of a push to lift restrictions on the private sector. The practice, known as zero-rating, was criticized by the previous FCC as a potential violation of net neutrality principles, but Pai rescinded his predecessor's findings upon taking office. "If Internet access providers can block some services and cut special deals that prioritize some companies' content over others, that would threaten the innovation that makes the Internet awesome".
The net neutrality rules gave the FCC power to go after companies for business practices that weren't explicitly banned as well. The plan includes reversing the rule that now treats broadband as a utility, removes protections that keep ISPs from blocking or slowing service and will shift some oversight power over to the FTC. "We're very encouraged by Chairman Pai's announcement today that the FCC will move forward next month to restore the successful light-touch regulatory framework for Internet services", Verizon said in a statement.
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The Internet Association had also said that the repeal will actually harm investment in the tech industry as "in a world without net neutrality protections, startups would face discrimination from ISP owned or preferred content that's granted a speed advantage through paid prioritization". More than 22 million comments have been filed with the FCC about whether net neutrality should be rolled back. In the same way, numerous signature companies in Silicon Valley think the internet should be open to all on an equal basis.
NCTA-the Internet & Television Association, a trade group with members including top US cable provider Comcast and No. 2 Charter Communications Inc., said it welcomed Pai's proposal. That's good for shareholders, he said, but not good for consumers, who might see higher costs passed through to them.
Senator Brian Schatz also shared his thoughts on the plan saying, "If adopted, the FCC's plan will change the way every American gets information, watches movies, listens to music, conducts business and talks to their families".
"The FTC stands ready to protect broadband subscribers from anticompetitive, unfair, or deceptive acts and practices just as we protect consumers in the rest of the Internet ecosystem", Ohlhausen said in a statement Tuesday.