FCC drops net neutrality investigations into AT&T, Verizon

Ajit Pai has said it's only a matter of time before he rolls the law back

Almost four-million public comments helped cement the open Internet rules.

"Such arrangements", the report concluded, "likely obstruct competition for video programming services delivered over mobile Internet platforms and harm consumers by inhibiting unaffiliated edge providers' ability to provide such service to AT&T's wireless subscribers".

"If Ajit Pai's past record is any indication of how he'll be as chairman, he won't be doing much policing of that industry", Joshua Stager, policy counsel for New America's Open Technology Institute told BuzzFeed News.

Before being tapped by President Trump to lead the agency, Pai discussed other efforts to increase transparency, including, he said, by "establishing an FCC Dashboard with key performance metrics, we can better enable the public to know what and how we are doing". In a statement, Pai called the initial decisions a form of "midnight regulation". Today's announcement means they don't have to worry at all about zero-rating, and possibly broader net neutrality rules that the GOP-controlled FCC, or Congress itself, could soon spike.

The FCC had challenged the practice as a violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of its net neutrality protections.

So, is Pai for or against net neutrality?

May's support is no surprise, the former FCC official recommended such an approach in a blog post earlier this month. For example, you can stream all the Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora you want under certain T-Mobile programs without using any of your data. Many other conservatives also objected to the move, saying it went too far and abused the FCC's powers.


Pai said a year ago that the FCC's role in such cybersecurity policy is "relatively circumscribed".

Now that Pai has assumed the role of "Defense Commissioner" (each FCC member takes on specific category tasks), he'll be responsible for representing the Commission at interagency groups dealing with homeland security, national security, emergency preparedness and disaster management.

All of this comes as the FCC faces its own operational challenges.

Ajit Pai, the successor to Wheeler and current head of the regulatory commission in the Donald Trump administration, said the decision to give the go ahead to companies providing low-priced internet was an example of a "midnight regulation" passed in the lame duck session. Chairman Pai and fellow Republican commissioner Michael O'Rielly opposed the decision at the time, arguing it left open the possibility to fraud and abuse of the system. Yet that is exactly what multiple bureaus have done today.

In a set of letters revealed by the FCC on Friday, the agency has said there will be no more inquiries into AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Comcast over these practices.

In his press conference, Pai said this vote is just the first step toward his goal of "modernizing" regulations and "remov [ing] unnecessary or counterproductive regulations".

Pai has long maintained that the FCC under Chairman Thomas Wheeler had overstepped its bounds, suggesting that he would steer the agency in a direction more favorable to big phone and cable companies.

Related News:

  • Joe McKnight Shooter Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

    Joe McKnight Shooter Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

    He said the grand jury's decision to indict Gasser on a second-degree murder charge was based on a "totality of the evidence". Connick says that as a result of the indictment, Judge June Darensburg increased Gasser's bond from $500,000 to $750,000.
    Is Facebook Shortchanging Instagram?

    Is Facebook Shortchanging Instagram?

    Before Snapchat, Instagram served as a mere portal for sharing images with a strong focus on the element of mobile photography. Snapchat begun to dabble in being an outlet to consume media and links, a hallmark for Facebook and Twitter.
    Priebus Says Travel Ban Will Not Affect Green Card Holders 'Going Forward'

    Priebus Says Travel Ban Will Not Affect Green Card Holders 'Going Forward'

    Mr Trump billed his sweeping executive order as a necessary step to stop "radical Islamic terrorists" from coming to the US. You said, it affects green card holders from the seven nations, but then you said it doesn't moving forward.
  • Justin Bieber Offers History of Touchdown Celebrations

    Justin Bieber Offers History of Touchdown Celebrations

    Key role: Wearing a tuxedo and his glasses, the normally casual star kicked off the #UnlimitedMoves clip by saying: "Hello". The new commercial stars Bieber as a historian of sorts, guiding the audience through the history of dance celebrations.
    Trump questions federal funding for UC Berkeley after protests

    Trump questions federal funding for UC Berkeley after protests

    The Free Speech Movement started at the university in 1964 after students protested a ban on campus political activities. One person was shot and wounded at a Yiannopoulos speech at the University of Washington last month.

    Construction sector loses momentum in January

    Meanwhile, a separate survey of the service sector showed steady growth, with non-manufacturing PMI up 0.1 to 54.6. A reading above 50 indicates an expansion, while one below the threshold suggests a contraction.
  • Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Set To Appear In Brooklyn Court

    Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Set To Appear In Brooklyn Court

    District Judge Brian Cogan that the restrictions make it hard for him to make decisions with them about how to fight the charges. Prosecutors are urging tight security around the materials, but the defense said restrictions on evidence were "over broad".
    Michigan's Jim Harbaugh FULLY-CLOTHED POOL JUMP

    Michigan's Jim Harbaugh FULLY-CLOTHED POOL JUMP

    A four-star prospect, Martin is the top-ranked recruit in Iowa this year and No. 35 nationally among receivers. One of the events he has put in place for recruits that join MI is the annual "Signing of the Stars" event.
    Nintendo Showcases Switch, 'Zelda' In Company's First Super Bowl TV Ad

    Nintendo Showcases Switch, 'Zelda' In Company's First Super Bowl TV Ad

    The Switch and Zelda go on sale March 3, with Breath of the Wild also releasing for Nintendo's discontinued Wii U system. New developments, however, suggest that additional preorder stock for the Nintendo Switch may be on the way.
  • Steven Mnuchin, Tom Price Pass Committee Vote As Democrats Boycott

    Steven Mnuchin, Tom Price Pass Committee Vote As Democrats Boycott

    Tom Price, denying Republicans the total number of votes necessary to approve a full vote on cabinet nominees in the Senate. The Oklahoma Republican has long viewed the EPA skeptically and has sued the agency repeatedly as the top cop in Oklahoma.
    Betsy DeVos Facing Tight Confirmation Vote

    Betsy DeVos Facing Tight Confirmation Vote

    If all of them vote as a bloc against DeVos, and if they are joined by Murkowski and Collins, the vote to confirm would be 50-50. One more defection , combined with unified Democratic opposition, would have blocked the controversial nominee.
    2016 shows sales drop for Harley-Davidson by 3.9%

    2016 shows sales drop for Harley-Davidson by 3.9%

    The current share price indicate that stock is -5.99% away from its one year high and is moving 98.84% ahead of its one year low. Shares of Harley-Davidson Inc. fell $1.92, or 3.3 percent, to $55.70 before the stock market opened Tuesday.


Most liked

Apple to build iPhone in India this year
But chief executive Tim Cook said this week it would "invest significantly" in the country of 1.25 billion people. However, past year it had 48 percent of the premium sector in which phones sell for $450 and above.

Sheela Balakrishnan is no longer advisor to Tamil Nadu government
Sasikala Pushpa had filed a complaint that the election was not as per procedure, official sources in the poll panel said. AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi too refused to answer any question.

Ranking Every WWE Elimination Chamber Match In History
That would be cutting it close considering Wrestlemania 33 is set for April 2 at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The degree of damage caused by the injury is still uncertain as there is no timeline set for Rollins' return to the ring.

Trump's Travel Ban Will Not 'Help' ISIS Recruitment
"We told President Trump we would see him in court if he ordered this unconstitutional ban on Muslims ", Segal said. Although this is temporary, it can be said as the first step towards the permanent barring.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner behind withdrawal of religious freedom executive order
Trump, an independent, travel in liberal social circles and have long supported L.G.B.T. rights. Kushner, a lifelong Democrat, and Ms.

Egypt to Face Cameroon in 2017 African Cup of Nations Final
Ghana have qualified to the semi-finals for the sixth consecutive time and are hoping to win their first title since 1982. The Cameroonians knew they had their work cut out for them, so they approached the match with the required briskness.

Scotland vs Ireland Six Nations - UAE Supporters Preview
There is also a Lions tour at the end of the season to motivate the players, in Scotland , Wales and England, as well as Ireland . This will be the first Six Nations with bonus points for scoring four or more tries or losing by small margins (seven or fewer).

The PlayStation 4 will get external HDD support with firmware 4.50
The software update is codenamed Sasuke and selected beta users will receive an email with instructions on how to get started. You can now set a screenshot you've snapped as your background, and edit it using ShareFactory.

First Quantum Computer Prototype Build in UK
If successfully built, the quantum computer can open doors for many industries in science and technology. But it is also this particular state that makes quantum computers hard to build.

Watch Lady Gaga Detail 'Inclusive' Super Bowl Performance
Asked if she'd be flying through the air at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas , Gaga confessed that was her sister Natali's idea. I want more than anything to create a moment that everyone watching will never forget, not for me but for everyone else.

Merkel presses Turkey's Erdogan to uphold freedom of opinion
Turkey says the moves are necessary to protect democracy and root out supporters of the failed putsch. There were no immediate reports of Erdogan and Merkel addressing that issue.

Trump call on refugees with Australia's Turnbull ended abruptly
The refugee deal at the centre of the conflict was signed on November 13 after Donald Trump had been elected as President. However, the president told Mr Turnbull it was his intention to honour the refugee agreement but with extreme vetting .

Waymo says its self-driving cars saw 'four-fold' improvement previous year
Nissan Motor Co also tested some electric cars with self-driving systems, including two Infiniti Q50 Sedans and three Leafs. However, companies have to secure permits from the state's DMV before they can test self-driving vehicles on public roads.

Iranian Missile Launch 'Absolutely Unacceptable'
He said council members had "very significant concern about the ballistic missile launch , which has now been confirmed". The US warned on Tuesday that the test, reportedly of a medium-range ballistic missile, was "absolutely unacceptable".

Liverpool have to take positives of Chelsea draw to Hull - Matip
Chelsea had to settle for a draw against a strong Liverpool side at Anfield after Diego Costa's late penalty was saved by Simon Mignolet.