As was telegraphed earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commissionhas begun the process of rolling back internet regulations that require service providers to treat all content equally.
The 2-1, party-line vote cast earlier today is, officially, merely a proposal for a review, but as NPR noted, it’s widely considered that this is an early step for the FCC under new chair Ajit Pai toward undoing the rules put in place during the Obama administration that enforced the principles of so-called net neutrality.
The process isn’t expected to finish for at least several months, according to The Verge, during which time various interested parties can file comments with the FCC. As for what rules would replace the ones currently in place, The Verge pointed out that Pai is fond of saying that the era before the new rules weren’t so bad and that there may be no need for any significant regulation of internet service providers in regard to how they treat web traffic.
Last month, according to Politico, Pai said, “For decades before 2015, we had a free and open internet. Indeed, the free and open internet developed and flourished under light-touch regulation.”