Comcast argues that investment and innovation has been hurt by net neutrality regulations
The Federal Communications Commission is charging ahead with its plan to end “open internet” protections, referred to as net neutrality, that it says were unnecessarily heavy-handed regulations.
The reversal of the Obama-era internet regulations has been intensely debated by internet companies, activists and internet users.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday, along with circulating his proposal, detailed in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece his plans for how the internet, its providers and the companies who do business on its highways should be governed.
“I’m proposing today that my colleagues at the Federal Communications Commission repeal President Obama’s heavy-handed internet regulations,” Pai wrote. “Instead the FCC simply would require internet service providers to be transparent so that consumers can buy the plan that’s best for them. And entrepreneurs and other small businesses would have the technical information they need to innovate.”
The FCC plans to make its draft order public on Wednesday, ahead of an official vote on the proposed rule changes on Dec. 14.
Netflix Inc. NFLX, +0.05% tweeted on Tuesday that it supports strong net-neutrality rules, and that it opposes the commission’s proposal to roll back protections.