Ajit Pai: Restoring Internet Freedom Should Have Happed Long Time Ago

Ajit Pai, commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), speaks during an open meeting to vote on internet regulations in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. U.S. regulators invoked broad powers to ensure that Web traffic for all users is treated equally, adopting net-neutrality rules that supporters say will preserve a wide-open Internet and that opponents vow to fight in court. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

According to the recent article published in the RCR Wireless News, for Ajit Pai, who is the chairman of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), restoring an open internet is something that should have happened a long time ago.

Since his days as a divergent commissioner of the FFC, during the administration of Obama, Ajit has remained loyal in his pledge to replace the current stronghold of the government regulatory over the services of broadband with the previous light-touch framework. The light-touch framework had in a way that leaves no doubt proven to foster exceptional innovation as well as economic achievements.

Ajit made it clear in his 2015 dissenting remark to the Open Internet Order of the FCC saying that the internet is probably the greatest success of the free market in history, and that was accredited in large part to the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Central to the two-party legislation was the proposition that as a policy the United States must preserve the active and competitive free market that is unrestricted by State or Federal regulation.

Fifteen years after the passage of the Telecommunications Act, the Federal Communications Commission traded its values of a free market for nonessential enhanced government control, most prominently after the White House had released a YouTube video urging the Federal Communications Commission to implement Title II regulations, apparently compromising the independence of the agency.

With Ajit now at the helm, the Federal Communications Commission is assured to restore a framework deregulation for broadband internet access service; however, this opportunity doesn’t come without significant risks. As much as the agency can make big strides on the federal level, it’s equally essential that the Federal Communications Commission uses its constitutional authority to acquire local and state broadband laws, which can derail the achievements of the FCC.

Unlike some matter of the FCC that principally concern technicians and policy wonks, net neutrality is a subject of fierce public debate. That issue has engendered numerous calls from tech giants, online protests that involve thousands of Web sites, viral YouTube videos, and it has left-leaning lawmakers urging users of the internet to contact the agency individually with their open internet interests.

Leaving aside the fact that it is neither efficient nor essential for the Federal Communications Commission to carry a straw poll of users without subject matter proficiency as part of its process of making a decision. Given the current political conditions, it’s without question that the enhanced government control advocates dissatisfied by the broadband deregulation of the FFC are going to look to states as an alternative source of government control.


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