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>> Ajit Pai, the Trump appointed head of the Federal Communications Commission, unveiling plans Tuesday to lead the roll back of so called Net Neutrality. That's the landmark Obama era regulation hailed, for preventing Internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to certain websites. Reuters Washington correspondent, David Shepardson, spoke to the FCC chairman.
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>> The new approach that Chairman Pai laid out in an interview with us, is to return to the pre 2015 model that he argues worked well for 20 years. Saying that as long there's significant public disclosure of these practices, the FCC should not specifically ban blocking, throttling, or offering paid prioritization to certain Internet.
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>> The ruling expected to come at a December 14th meeting is seen as a blow to popular websites like Facebook, Google, and Netflix, which could see access to their site curtailed. And a victory for Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, who will hold more power over the Internet, under pai's watch.
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A factor that puts AT&T's disputed planned purchase of Time Warner, in a whole new light, according to critics.>> Who say, right, that you are investing in companies like AT&T, an enormous amount of power. And that because they could potentially own all the content of Time-Warner. That that would give them a large incentive to say to consumers, hey, CNN is always gonna pop up first when you want news content, or our video services.
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And frankly we don't know what kind of web tools and how people are gonna search the internet 5, 10, 20 years from now.>> Opponents of the expected net neutrality rollback, prepared to head to court for a fight