The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday announced the completion of a two-year study of the impact of the FCC’s net neutrality rules on the telecommunications industry.
The FCC is looking at how the rules impact the telecoms, telecom carriers, and Internet providers (IPs) that are part of the telecommunications market, the FCC said in a statement.
The study will examine whether net neutrality will reduce costs, increase competition, or cause other harm to consumers and the economy.
“We believe the FCC will be able to provide useful information about the impact these rules have on the future of the wireless industry in the coming years, but the FCC is also obligated to protect consumer privacy,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in the statement.
In April, the Federal Communications Committee voted to repeal the rules in order to “reform” the FCC into a “full, transparent, and independent agency.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been pushing to repeal and replace the regulations, and he’s made clear that he’s not interested in doing so until the FCC can show that the net neutrality rule is “inherently harmful to the telecommunications sector.”
Pai also made clear in his press conference last week that he will not repeal the FCC regulations, despite a request from President Donald Trump’s administration.
Pai, who has repeatedly said that net neutrality is a “total disaster” for consumers, has also argued that he would rather see the FCC take action against ISPs that are “breaking” the rules than that the rules were implemented poorly.
Pai also said he will oppose any attempts to pass an open internet order that could have made it harder for ISPs to charge content providers more for prioritized access to their customers.