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FCC Chief Opens Door to ‘Fast Lanes’ in Rollback of Web Rules

  • FCC releases proposal to roll back net neutrality rule
  • Agency cites ‘supplemental revenue’ for broadband companies
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U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai raised the prospect of undoing major parts of net neutrality rules backed by Silicon Valley, calling for the agency to consider lifting bans on blocking web traffic or building “fast lanes” that favor those willing to pay more for faster service.

The Republican’s proposal released Thursday asks for comment by Aug. 16 on whether the agency should relinquish utility-style regulation of broadband providers, undermining a rule written in 2015 by Democrats. Under Pai’s proposal, the FCC would end the designation of broadband companies such as AT&T Inc. and Comcast Corp. as common carriers, removing the legal authority that underpins the net neutrality rules.