U.S. FCC to launch 'comprehensive review' of media regulations

Other sessions TUESDAY morning looked at AM revitalization issues under the new rules, plans for the next Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) EAS test, and a reprise of regulatory talk with O'RIELLY and former Commissioners HAROLD FURCHTGOTT-ROTH and ROBERT MCDOWELL.

Pai, who vehemently opposes FCC's approach to net neutrality, earlier made it clear that even though he supports a set of net neutrality principles, he is against the 2015 Open Internet Order.

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Citing four sources close to Pai, Recode reported that the process to overturn the rules will start tomorrow.

At a National Association of Broadcasters event in Las Vegas, Pai said the agency would focus on overhauling its much-criticized media ownership restrictions.

The FCC rules, passed in 2015, bar Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against web sites and online content. As such, the net neutrality rules favor the consumers but not the big businesses involved in the internet industry. It propagates and promotes that FCC should police the broadband provider actions using the utility-style regulation.

Privacy advocates and tech industry giants alike are dreading an upcoming speech this week which is expected to announce a dramatic rollback of net neutrality rules imposed during the Obama administration. "He's continuing to ignore the mountains of evidence showing that the agency's net neutrality rules are protecting internet users while spurring on investment and innovation". Craig Aaron, the CEO of Advocacy group Free Press said, "Pai wants to hand over control of the internet to providers no matter the cost to our economy and democracy".

One of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's goals is to overhaul about a thousand pages of regulations put on broadcasters, many of them decades old that make no sense in a world where broadcasters compete with the unregulated world of digital.

If Title II is out of the picture, the oversight of net neutrality could fall back into the hands of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In simple words, internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T, Charter, and Verizon are not allowed to slow down or block internet traffic.

  • Eleanor Harrison