The top USA telecoms regulator is planning to unveil sweeping plans to overturn Obama-era rules created to protect an open internet.
After next month's vote, net neutrality supporters will likely sue the FCC to get the rules back on the books.
The FCC is expected to vote on Pai's plan during the commission's December 14 meeting.
Pai was on the losing end of a 3-2 vote in 2015 that imposed Title II regulations including net neutrality rules that outlaw blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization.
There has been no formal comment by the FCC on this as yet.
The FCC has unveiled its plan to repeal its net neutrality rules
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Pai is taking aim at regulations that were approved just two years ago under a Democratic presidency and that sought to make sure all Internet content, whether from big or small companies, would be treated equally by Internet providers. Broadband providers have argued that competition will ensure they don't unfairly squelch traffic.
But the FCC is likely to change all that, analysts say, relaxing the Obama-era rules that required providers to behave like legacy telecom companies who must carry all phone calls on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Killing net neutrality would allow ISPs to slow speeds for rival companies, or even charge extra to allow access to rival media/entertainment outlets ("Choosing sides in the fight over net neutrality", November 17).
The fight has divided the tech world and comes as cable providers are moving to take control of more and more online content.
The justice department cited comments from AT&T's own DirecTV satellite business that "vertically integrated programmers" - which own the means of distribution as well as the content - can "much more credibly threaten to withhold programming from rival [distributors]" and can "use such threats to demand higher prices and more favorable terms".
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