The FTC Makes It Clear It Can't, Won't Protect Net Neutrality [telecom]

When the Ajit Pai-led FCC killed net neutrality, the agency said that the FTC would step in to protect consumers. Now, that seems unlikely.

When the Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) killed federal net neutrality rules in late 2017, the order didn't just eliminate rules protecting an open internet - it also dramatically rolled back the FCC's authority to reign in giant broadband providers.

At the time, the FCC stated that gutting this authority wouldn't harm consumers because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would fill the void, protecting consumers from harm. But the FTC itself now says it lacks the authority to fully police bad behavior by big telecom.

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Bill Horne
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