So it begins: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to be depicting his cards seeing his promised rollback of net neutrality regulations. He is slated to speak on the future of internet regulation on Wednesday, Reuters reported today.
TechCrunch approved with the FCC that a talk is taking place, although specific topics was not officially disclosed. Pai previously said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that he considers the FCCs approach to regulating the internet heavy-handed and old-fashioned.
But unlike the Broadband Privacy Rule, which could be repealed under the Congressional Review Act, and the zero-rating investigations, which were merely advisory to begin with, the 2015 Open Internet Order is a major standing case of the rules of procedure, one that cant be waved away. This talk could be the first time the chairman addresses solely how he plans to dismantle net neutrality and the other regulations announced two years ago.
Given the structure of the Order and the hints Pai has given, one probable approach is that he will interrogate onetime Chairman Tom Wheelers justification for using the stronger Title II authority, rather than the Title I under which broadband business have generally been classified, as a basis for net neutrality.
By challenging that expert as illegitimate, Pai can mark his move to remove the rules as slapping the wrist of an overreaching agency, although there are the effects of that swipes is likely to be far-reaching. If he wanes to utilize Title II authority or has it officially stripped-down in this case, the rules will be effectively moot; realize having laws but no police. New regulations, and perhaps good ones, could be put in their situate, but any such proposal will make months at the least, during which time net neutrality regulations will simply not be enforced.
This hypothetical approach will still likely require a great deal more time and care than that required to vacate the Privacy Rule, which hadnt more taken effect and fell under the effective time series of the CRA.
The event is sponsored by FreedomWorks, a right-leaning libertarian organization that has called for the repudiation of Obamacare and apparently likewise copyright, since I time detected they used one of our explains without allow.( Its probably just a mistake; Ive contacted them about it .)
The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, which has applauded all the FCCs recent wars, including the cancellation of the Broadband Privacy Rule, is also a sponsor. I contacted both for commentary and will modernize this post if I hear back.