Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has said he met with executives at tech companies such as Intel, Oracle, Cisco and Facebook to seek comments on his plan to overturn certain aspects of “net neutrality” rules, The New York Times reported Thursday.
Cecilia Kang writes Pai said Thursday in a news conference that he thinks tech companies aim to find a “common ground” when it comes to net neutrality rules, which require internet service providers to guarantee clients equal access to all online content.
He said he believes the net neutrality rules that FCC created in 2015 pose restrictions on broadband service providers and that he plans to reverse the classification of broadband internet as a utility.
The report noted that Pai, who assumed his post in January, approved Thursday two measures that seek to relax pricing restrictions on telecommunications companies and provide broadcast television firms leeway to grow through mergers.
The meeting with tech companies over net neutrality rules came weeks after Pai urged internet service providers to maintain an open internet through voluntary agreements.