Opinion by Ryan Singel
FCC CHAIR AJIT Pai's plan to repeal net neutrality provisions and reclassify broadband providers from "common carriers" to "information services" is an unprecedented giveaway to big broadband providers and a danger to the internet. The move would mean the FCC would have almost no oversight authority over broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.
Even industry analysts who expected the reclassification of broadband providers from Title II common carriers to Title I information services were stunned. Following Pai's announcement, independent cable analyst Craig Moffett sent out an email to investors entitled "Shock and Awe and Net Neutrality," writing, "We've known since the election that the FCC would reverse Title II. But we never expected this. Yesterday's FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined in not only reversing Title II, but in dismantling virtually all of the important tenets of net neutrality itself."