Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, is working on the job to reverse the Title II reclassification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). His first strike at trying to reverse the Title II and ISP regulations passed by the former chairman Tom Wheeler and under the Obama Administration is the online privacy regulations that a Republican controlled Congress passed with no support of the Democrats and signed into law by President Trump.
Here is a video by the Verge explaining the rule repeal.
With this repeal Congress is hitting one of the fundamental rights a person can have in America: The Right of Privacy. Imagine that you are talking on the phone and your phone is being tapped and everything you say and do are recorded without your permission and shared with advertisers. This is what ISPs can do without these privacy regulations without your consent and you are paying these people.
Chairman Pai has said in the past that ” he is committed to ensuring an open internet but feels net neutrality was a mistake.” I simply can not see the viewpoint of Chairman Pai because the ideals of an Open Internet is founded in the principles of Net Neutrality, there is no one without the other.
The Net Neutrality rules approved by the FCC under the Obama Administration in 2015 barred ISPs from making “fast lanes” or for selling faster access to certain internet services over others. Chairman Pai wants to overturn those rules and make companies commit in writing to open internet principles. We do not know if ISP can be “legally” compelled to adopting Open Internet principles. As a person who has been watching this issue of net neutrality since 2006, it worries me that we might be living in a world without net neutrality and privacy. I don’t see how net neutrality and the ideas of the Open Internet is not one whole entity.
Finally, I think Ajit Pai is the wrong person for this job. He has no guts to do what is right and what the consumers want and seems to be bought by the ISP lobby. He used to work for Verizon, the company that hates the idea of net neutrality. He seems like he wants to be for privacy then try to take out privacy. I do not know if he is going to be a good Chairman of the FCC or not.