The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday announced that the agency will vote to overturn net neutrality rules next month.
Ajit Pai (R) added that the rules – which require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally – are “heavy-handed, utility-style” online regulations imposed by Democrats.
“Today, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades,” he said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet,” Pai continued.
“Instead, the FCC will simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”
The Hill on Tuesday reported that the FCC will vote on the proposal at its Dec. 14 meeting, and with Republicans holding three of the agency’s five seats, the repeal is expected to pass.
Pai also noted that he would be releasing the full text of his plan to the public on Wednesday so it was available before December’s vote.
The FCC commissioner also argued, however, that he thinks the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is better equipped to police internet service providers than the agency he leads.
The move would scrap rules implanted by former President Barack Obama’s administration while delivering a big win to several major companies.
AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and others would be freed of restrictions on blocking or throttling certain content or requiring websites to buy into internet “fast lanes.”
Net neutrality supporters argue that erasing the rules, however, means such companies would have the power to block, slow or favor specific internet content.