FCC to Take Preliminary Vote to Undo Obama's Open Internet Order

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Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Federal Communications Commission will hold a first vote Thursday on chairperson Ajit Pai's proposal to eliminate current net neutrality rules. Pai's plan would repeal 2015 regulations that give the FCC the authority to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The current regulations prevent ISPs from selectively charging tolls or slowing down service for specific websites or apps. We’ll discuss the effects of the proposed repeal on consumers, ISPs and emerging start-ups.

Larry Downes
project director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy; author, "Unleashing the Killer App," and co-author, "Big Bang Disruption"

Evan Engstrom
executive director, Engine