Ajit Pai and the FCC will vote to completely remove Net Neutrality laws, that were first set in place back in 2015, next month.
On the 14th December the internet in the US could change drastically and alter the way regular consumers use and pay for their internet.
Ajit Pai has been the name at the centre of the recent campaign to overturn Net Neutrality rules that were first set in place by the Obama led government. Ajit Pai mentioned that he has submitted a draft order with his colleagues that would bring an end to Net Neutrality. Instead requiring ISPs are simply transparent with their practises.
Ajit Pai feels this will help create a better deal for consumers, and help facilitate smaller businesses to compete better.
There of course has been a strong kickback from the internet community at large, with many different groups dedicated to spreading awareness about this imminent change. Battleforthenet is one of the largest such groups, and is urging people to send messages to their local representatives to consider the matter.
Big tech companies have also been throwing their weight behind Net Neutrality groups. Behemoths such as Google and Apple have made their thoughts known on the matter, Net Neutrality is a necessity for the internet.
There have been companies praising the FCC as well, mainly ISPs, who stand to make the most from a ruling to destroy Net Neutrality. ISPs and telecommunications companies such as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T gave props to the FCC and their resolve to deconstruct Net Neutrality.
Pai himself was once Associate General Counsel for Verizon and his thoughts on Net Neutrality perhaps reflect that. He said that his new rules will “significantly reduce the likelihood” of ISPs partaking in behaviours that would negatively affect consumers.
He also said, “that any remaining unaddressed harms are small relative to the costs of implementing more heavyhanded regulation”. This essentially means that consumers will just have to trust their ISP to not exploit an oversight in the FCCs new rules.