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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With a federal appeals court preparing to consider the Trump administration’s reversal of Obama-era U.S. net neutrality regulations, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is ramping up his defense of the decision.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has this month also criticized California’s legislature for approving a state measure to guarantee open internet access and said “bad behavior” on the part of internet service providers (ISPs) could be prevented by the FCC’s new transparency requirements.
FCC - December - Obama - Era - Rules
The FCC voted 3-2 in December to reverse the Obama era rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization. FCC repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rules was a win for ISPs Comcast Corp , AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc , whose practices faced significant government oversight.
In August, 22 states and a coalition of trade groups representing companies including Alphabet Inc , Facebook Inc and Amazon.com Inc urged a federal appeals court to reinstate the rules.
Court - Arguments
The court has not yet scheduled oral arguments.
The U.S. Senate voted in May to reinstate the net neutrality rules, but the measure is unlikely to be approved by the House of Representatives and the White House also opposes it.
President - Donald - Trump
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