On April 26, 2017, Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) announced his plans to launch a rulemaking proceeding reassessing the FCC’s Open Internet rules.
During an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Chairman Pai announced that he would present a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to reassess many aspects of the 2015 Open Internet Order, which reclassified broadband Internet access service (BIAS) as a Title II telecommunications service and imposed a number of common-carrier style regulations on BIAS. On May 18, 2017, Chairman Pai will ask for a Commission vote on the NPRM at the Commission’s monthly open meeting.
While many questions remain about the specific objectives of the item, according to Chairman Pai, the NPRM contains the following core objectives:
Following the Chairman’s speech, fellow Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly took to the podium to criticize the 2015 Open Internet Order for its general conduct standard and ban on paid prioritization.
The FCC will release the draft text of the NPRM today. We will follow up as more information becomes available.