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NY AG investigating 'massive scheme' to influence FCC comments on net neutrality

NY AG investigating 'massive scheme' to influence FCC comments on net neutrality

Federal officials took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use.

New York State's attorney general has accused the Federal Communications Commission of refusing to assist in his efforts to investigate an attack on the agency's public comment system that used the identities of New Yorkers.

The plan ignores thousands of consumer complaints and millions of individual comments that request that the FCC save net neutrality "and uphold the principles that all traffic should be created equal", the fact sheet states.

However, Chairman Pai argues that the old rules are burdensome and prevent investment in broadband networks. The FCC chairman stated that his order "would abandon this failed approach".

"The FCC would still require transparency: Any business practice that would affect the offering of a service has to be disclosed to the consumers, and entrepreneurs can understand exactly how these businesses are operated", Pai says.

Allowing the FTC to police broadband providers' own promises is tantamount to providing "toothless protections", consumer advocates say.

In April 2017, the FCC announced that it would issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning repeal of its existing net neutrality rules.

"For nearly twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress", the statement from Chairman Pai reads.

Brendan Carr is the newest Republican on the commission, but he's not new to the FCC.

If you care about the internet in any way, shape, or form, you should care about Net Neutrality.

The FCC has also stated that they intent to prevent states from passing their own net neutrality laws.

She's expected to vote against Pai's plan, which she called "ridiculous and offensive to the millions of Americans who use the internet every day". "This proposal tears at the foundation of that openness". "Contact your representatives and make your voice heard". "What they are telling me is not that their ISP is blocking access to lawful content, it's that they don't have access at all, or that they don't have enough competition".

"And if there's truly something anticompetitive then the Federal Trade Commission can take action against anybody in the internet economy, not just ISPs, but anybody based on this longstanding authority".

On Tuesday, Verizon praised Pai's proposal to "restore the successful light-touch regulatory framework for internet services".

The issue of net neutrality has elicited strong views from companies and their in-house counsel in recent years.

Concerns about Pai's deregulatory agenda grew as the FCC unveiled significant policy proposals in the final days before the Thanksgiving holiday. The FCC, in its defense, says that it thinks that won't likely happen because some web companies are so much more wealthier than ISPs. It "will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content". On the other side, companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon and video streaming player Netflix Inc were among the big corporations that had petitioned Pai to not scrap the rules.

The phony comments have shifted the balance in favor of repealing net neutrality, according to Schneiderman rep Amy Spitalnick.

Technology giants are expecting to lobby furiously against the FCC's plan, setting up a heavyweight fight between Silicon Valley giants and telecommunications conglomerates - two of the most well-heeled industries in the country.

Ajit Pai is clearly still working for Verizon, not the public.

Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood said Pai's proposal is "dangerous and wrong".


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