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WSJ Sides With FCC Net Neutrality Rollbacks

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Ron Sachs/AP)

By    |   Friday, 24 November 2017 06:58 PM

The Wall Street Journal hailed the Federal Communications Commission's controversial proposal to undo Obama-era internet regulations, asserting chairman Ajit Pai is doing a public service with the rollback.

In the editorial posted Thursday, the financial news outlet characterized the 2015 "open internet" order classifying the web as a public utility little more than "government micromanagement."

"Thanks to new leadership at the FCC, this week a few tech giants in Silicon Valley lost to American consumers who will benefit from more innovation and choice online," the board wrote.

The Journal board argued Pai's order will "abandon euphemisms like the internet 'conduct standard,' which allows the agency to go after behavior it doesn't like, even if consumers disagree."

The newspaper also touted the removal of a ban on "paid prioritization," calling it "jargon for the strange idea that a service provider cannot speed up some content for a price—the same way Amazon requires you to pay extra for one-day delivery."

Pai "deserves particular credit for this move, not least because the left will be apoplectic about 'protecting consumers' and selling out to Big Cable," the Journal board wrote.

The National Review has also endorsed Pai's decision, saying it's Congress' job to consider rules through legislation to help solve any potential issues.

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The Wall Street Journal hailed the Federal Communications Commission's controversial proposal to undo Obama-era internet regulations, asserting chairman Ajit Pai is doing a public service with the rollback.
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