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Chairman Pai's net neutrality plan: Repeal and maybe replace

Chairman Pai's net neutrality plan: Repeal and maybe replace

If I were writing about net neutrality for the sports section, I’d say that new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced Wednesday that he was trading his agency’s net neutrality rules for a player to be named later.

Pai argues that the FCC grossly overreached when it adopted its second set of net neutrality rules in 2015 (the first having been thrown out by an appeals court the year before). Those rules reclassified broadband Internet service providers as utilities, making them subject to strict regulation under Title II of the federal Communications Act.

The point of the reclassification was to allow the FCC to impose a flat ban on ISPs blocking or...

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