On Dec. 14, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to roll back Obama-era Internet regulations, a move that one commissioner tells WND and Radio America will reinvigorate broadband innovation and reduce the government’s influence over the Internet while keeping important consumer protections in place.
“We have five commissioners at the FCC. Each commissioner gets to cast their own vote their own way. I’ll be voting ‘yes’ in favor of this plan. So we should know right then as soon as the gavel strikes where the votes are and the public will get to see it,” said Brendan Carr, who was nominated to the FCC by President Trump earlier this year. He was confirmed and sworn in to his post in August.
The FCC effort is in response to a 2015 decision to apply Title II of the 1934 Communications Act to the Internet. Democratic appointees controlled the panel at the time and made the changes out of fears that Internet service providers, or ISPs, would soon be in a position to demand the purchase of services at whatever prices they wished.
Known as Net neutrality, Carr said the new rules badly misapplied laws designed to address telephone service and actually wound up with the federal government micromanaging the Internet and its providers.
“[Title II] arises from the 1930s and was designed to regulate the Ma Bell telephone monopoly,” Carr explained. “It’s not designed to regulate a fast-moving, competitive marketplace. Pursuant to that re-classification, it then adopted a series of open Internet rules.” (Read more from “Repeal of Obama-Era ‘Net Neutrality’ Means ‘Free, Open Internet'” HERE)