Federal regulators are on track to loosen regulations of cable and telecom companies.
The Federal Communications Commission will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo the landmark 2015 rules that had placed internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon under the strictest-ever regulatory oversight.
The vote is expected to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps, or otherwise deciding what content gets to users faster.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday said his repeal proposal would "stop micromanaging the internet." Instead his plan would require internet providers to disclose what exactly they're doing – for example, whether they allow some websites or apps to pay extra for faster streaming.
This would essentially shift the enforcement of net neutrality to the Federal Trade Commission, which polices violators rather than pre-empts the violations in the first place.