Trump’s plan to overturn net neutrality rules to face ‘a tsunami of resistance’

Trump’s plan to overturn net neutrality rules to face ‘a tsunami of resistance’

The Trump administration’s plans to overturn open internet protections face “a tsunami of resistance from a grassroots movement of Americans from every walk of life,” senators and activists warned on Wednesday.

Trump’s newly appointed Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai set out his plans to address internet regulation at a speech in Washington on Wednesday. Pai has vowed to take “fire up the weed-whacker” and cut Obama-era rules meant to enforce an open internet where all traffic is treated equally online – the so-called net neutrality rules.

Pai and the cable companies want a more flexible system and lighter regulation, where internet service providers volunteer to protect net neutrality. They argue that the rules are hampering investment.

Pai said he hoped to “return to the light-touch regulatory framework that served our nation so well during the Clinton administration, Bush administration, and the first six years of the Obama administration.”

In a press conference before Pai’s speech, senators Edward Markey, Richard Blumenthal and Ron Wyden were joined by internet activists to warn Pai and Trump that efforts to undermine the rules would be met with stiff resistance.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/apr/26/trump-overturn-net-neutrality-rules-resistance