Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has askedÂ U.S.Â internet service providers to enter into voluntary agreements that will reflect their commitment to maintain an open internet, Reuters reported Thursday.
David Shepardson writes PaiÂ also discussed his plansÂ to reverse current net neutrality rules withÂ trade groups that represent the telecommunications industry during a meeting held Tuesday.
FCCÂ implemented rules in early 2015 that bannedÂ broadband providers’ selective distribution of high-speedÂ internet, Shepardson reported.
The report said Pai couldÂ issue a proposal later this monthÂ to overturn the commission’sÂ reclassification of ISPsÂ as public utilities duringÂ former President Barack Obama’s administration.
Telecommunications firms suchÂ asÂ AT&T, Comcast, and VerizonÂ have said that net neutrality rules would hinder providers’ efforts toÂ manage webÂ traffic and boost capacity.