News & Observer: FCC plan will not endanger the open internet


By Harold Ford Jr.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recently released his draft “Restoring Internet Freedom” order detailing his plan to roll back Title II regulations. The ensuing debate has been overtaken by hyperbole, and several important points about preserving an open internet are getting lost in the rhetoric. Public interest groups, internet companies and internet service providers all agree: We need to preserve an open internet. But many of us believe we can preserve an open internet and protect consumers without the misguided utility regulations that were imposed on it.


The FCC is not ending net neutrality. Instead, FCC Chairman Pai has proposed returning to the policy framework under which the internet experienced nearly two decades of unprecedented innovation and investment.

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