President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is about to completely undo former President Obama’s net neutrality regulations, sources from within the agency told Politico.
The Obama-era rules prevent internet service providers from blocking or significantly slowing online content and requires providers to disclose to their customers information regarding the speed of their service.
The law also forbids providers from giving faster internet access to customers willing to pay extra.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who bragged that he was going to take a “weed whacker” to federal regulations before taking office, claims that the rules discouraged the industry from investing in broadband networks.
The Republican-majority FCC will vote on Pai’s plan in December, where it will likely pass.
“The Internet is as awesome and diverse as it is thanks to the basic guiding principle of net neutrality,” said Evan Greer, campaign director for digital rights advocacy group Fight for the Future.
“Getting rid of Title II would lead to even more centralization, handing more power to the largest Internet companies while stifling competition and innovation. In a time when there are too few companies with too much power – we need net neutrality now more than ever.”
The FCC has not responded to requests for comment.