New FCC chair says he is committed to ensuring ‘open internet’

The U. S. Federal Communications Commission's new chairman Ajit Pai has assured that he is committed to ensuring an "open internet" for Americans.  Pai, a 44-year-oldRepublican lawyer who previously served as a FCC commissioner, has been a vocal opponent of former President Barack Obama's net neutrality rules that treated broadband providers like a public utility.   In December last year, he vowed to eliminate those net neutrality rules, predicting that such rules' days are numbered. However, in a recent in

The U. S. Federal Communications Commission's new chairman Ajit Pai has assured that he is committed to ensuring an "open internet" for Americans.

Pai, a 44-year-oldRepublican lawyer who previously served as a FCC commissioner, has been a vocal opponent of former President Barack Obama's net neutrality rules that treated broadband providers like a public utility.

In December last year, he vowed to eliminate those net neutrality rules, predicting that such rules' days are numbered. However, in a recent interview, he claimed that he's was committed to ensure an open internet.

Speaking on the topic, he said, "I believe, as I think most Americans do, in a free and open internet and the only question is what regulatory framework best secures that. Before the imposition of these Depression-era rules, we had for 20 years a bipartisan consensus on a regulatory model."

The controversial net neutrality rules prevent internet access providers from slowing down consumers' access to web content. Last year, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the rules.

Unlike President Donald Trump, Pai can't simply issue an order to do away with the net neutrality rules. He must go through a lengthy administrative process. Last month, former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said reversing the rules won't be easy.

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