Throttling of websites and online services might help customers, FCC says(credit: Elliott Brown)
You can now start filing public comments on the Federal Communications Commission plan to eliminate net neutrality rules.
The FCC today opened the docket, titled “Restoring Internet Freedom.” Clicking “New Filing” takes you to a form for uploading documents, while an “Express” filing lets you write a brief comment without uploading a document.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also released the draft text of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will be voted on at the May 18 FCC meeting.

There will be another three months for public comments after that preliminary vote, and the FCC will make a final decision sometime after that.
It’s already pretty clear where this is going, though: Pai intends to overturn the 2015 net neutrality order, and the only question is whether anything will replace it. While previous FCC leaders decided that home Internet providers and mobile carriers shouldn’t be allowed to throttle websites and online services, Pai’s proposal suggests that the current ban on throttling hurts customers.
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