FCC unveils plans to repeal net neutrality

The writing’s been on the wall for a while now. Ajit Pai’s FCC unveiled a plan to undo the agency’s existing net neutrality rules, which passed two years ago. The 2015 vote took place when Democrats controlled three of the agency’s five seats. Now those numbers are reversed, and the repeal is expected pass by the same 3-2 margin. The policy change would mark a major victory for broadband companies, which have fiercely contested the rules since they were implemented. As its stands now, companies like AT&T and Verizon must treat all internet content equally – even content that comes from small companies. Pai, the Commission’s Donald Trump-appointed Chairman, says that current policy will be replaced with new rules that “simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices.” The agency plans to release a new draft of its order a few weeks ahead of its vote, which is slated to take place on December 14.

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