Enlarge / Net neutrality supporters march past the FCC headquarters before a commission meeting on May 15, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | The Washington Post)
The Federal Communications Commission plan to repeal net neutrality rules depends partly on the argument that antitrust rules can protect consumers and websites from bad behavior by Internet service providers.
“I think that antitrust and consumer protection authorities stand at the vanguard to make sure that consumers and competition are protected,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a recent interview with NPR.
Pai’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes overturning the rules seeks comment on whether “the existence of antitrust regulations aimed at curbing various forms of anticompetitive conduct” makes the current net neutrality rules unnecessary.
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