The internet is a place of endless delight -- but you shouldn't take it for granted. Today, dozens of popular tech companies and websites are urging people to protect the free and open internet by participating in a "Day of Action," an online protest meant to drum up support for net neutrality regulation. The net neutrality rules in question prevent companies like AT&T, Charter, Comcast, and Verizon from blocking or slowing down access to services they choose. They also prevent companies from charging more money for access to specific websites (like, say, Netflix or YouTube). The rules were installed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 under the Obama administration and are expected to be rolled back by the Trump administration.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday he wants to eliminate the agency's broad powers to monitor telecom companies such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for bad behavior. NEW YORK -- Internet companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over a policy near and dear to their hearts: net neutrality. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a Wednesday speech that he wants to ditch the Obama-era rules, hated by telecoms, that prevent broadband and wireless companies from interfering with the sites and apps that consumers use. He wants to undo their legal basis and to eliminate the FCC's broad powers to monitor Verizon, AT&T and Comcast for bad behavior. Pai, the nation's chief telecommunications regulator, said he will seek an FCC vote at a May 18 meeting.