Clyburn Speaks Out on Net-Neutrality Rules Rollback

Democratic FCC commissioner speaks to protesters outside Chairman's Dinner

FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn continues to fight for the Title II-based net-neutrality regulations she voted to approve back in 2015.

Clyburn took to the streets, literally, Thursday night (Dec. 7), speaking to protestors outside the Federal Communications Bar Association's Chairman's Dinner, where FCC chairman Ajit Pai was the featured speaker.

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She was also highlighting a letter to the FCC from various elected officials (mostly mayors), including the Democratic mayors of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the top three media markets, who called on the FCC to preserve the 2015 order.

The mayors' letter said of the order to roll back the rules: "It offers carte blanche to powerful service providers but little more than promises to consumers. The commission’s approach puts those few companies ahead of millions of Americans, tens of thousands of businesses which depend on a free and open Internet, and local communities solving everyday problems Americans face. We urge the commission to recognize, as most Americans do, the commission’s duty to protect, preserve, and enforce the strong Net Neutrality protections already in place under the 2015 Open Internet Order and its Title II regulatory framework."

That is almost certainly not going to happen.

The FCC is voting Dec. 14 to eliminate most of the 2015 rules and reclassify ISPs as non-common carrier information services not subject to mandatory access requirements.

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Pai has the Republican votes to impose the order over the strong opposition of Clyburn and fellow Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, just as former FCC chair Tom Wheeler had the votes to impose the Title II order in 2015 over the strong dissents of Pai and fellow Republican Michael O'Rielly.