FCC makes net neutrality rules less effective

FCC makes net neutrality rules less effective

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hasn’t taken any step to remove the net neutrality rules, but it has started picking apart the controversial regulations to make them less effective.

On Thursday, the Republican-led commission voted 2-1 to suspend the net neutrality transparency prerequisite for providers of broadband services with fewer than 250,000 customers.

Under the Democratic Obama administration, such exclusions were only available for broadband providers with fewer than 100,000 customers.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said, “I firmly believe that these ISPs should spend their limited capital building out better broadband to rural America, not hiring lawyers and accountants to fill out unnecessary paperwork demanded by Washington, D.C.”

The decision comes as Mr. Pai, who took over as the federal agency’s chairman around a month ago, has been a vocal critic of the so-called net neutrality rules.

Net neutrality rules, which are part of the original 2010 FCC rules, are based on the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally. These rules require providers of broadband services to inform customers whenever their internet connections are slowed down.