FCC scrapping common carrier status, net neutrality rules for broadband

by Steve Blum • , , ,

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai dropped the draft of his common carrier decision on fellow commissioners this morning, and plans to make it public tomorrow. Media reports say that it’ll be a complete repeal of the FCC’s 2015 decision to classify broadband as a common carrier service and impose net neutrality rules on Internet service providers. Instead, according to a press release, Pai said “the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices”. The job of policing consumer privacy rules would be turned over to the Federal Trade Commission.