Net neutrality: US regulators rollback net neutrality rules

"In particular, the FCC's action has restored the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission to act when broadband providers engage in anticompetitive, unfair, or deceptive acts or practices," the federal commission said.Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi described Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said FCC's radical, partisan decision to dismantle net neutrality "strikes a stunning blow" to the promise of a free and open Internet. "With this unjustified and blatant giveaway to big providers, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is proving himself an eager executor of the Trump Administration's anti-consumer, anti- competition agenda," she said.Pelosi alleged that FCC's rule change process was marked by haste, secrecy and technical flaws from the start. "This arbitrary decision was made without a single public hearing and over the firm opposition of Internet experts and technologists," she said. "It is deeply disturbing that Pai's FCC has refused to take action to combat the threat of identity theft and fake comments in the agency record, and has refused to comply with FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests or requests for information from the New York Attorney General's Investigation," Pelosi said.House Speaker Paul Ryan welcomed the decision. This new plan of action will open new avenues for telemedicine, distance learning, and future innovations, Ryan said.White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the Trump Administration backs the FCC's move but also supports a free and fair internet.

December 14, 2017 18:57 UTC