Pai will reveal his strategy to overturn landmark 2015 net neutrality rules implemented under the Obama administration and discuss his vision during a speech in Washington titled "The Future of Internet Regulation". And it could pave the way for the FCC to reverse a key decision, undertaken in 2015, to regulate Internet providers like legacy telephone companies.
Pai's spokeman would not provide a comment to Recode.
Pai is expected to outline his proposal in an afternoon speech at the Newseum in Washington, and could formally deliver the plan to his fellow commissioners later this week.
Nearly two dozen smaller ISPs have told FCC chairman Ajit Pai that the FCC's 2015 Open Internet order reclassifying ISPs as Title II common carrier telecom services "hangs like a black cloud", a cloud they are urging him to dispel ASAP.
Before adopting the current rules, the FCC twice tried to impose net neutrality rules that were struck down by courts as going beyond the agency's authority.
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"Vin Scully tried to call the plays fast and let the crowd do the talking", Pai said.
The government may downgrade federal prohibitions on anti-consumer and anticompetitive actions to voluntary commitments by internet service providers.
Pai said there are also other important elements to the FCC's AM Radio Revitalization Initiative that remain pending, and is hopeful the Commission can move forward on some of them soon. The regulations reclassified ISPs much like utilities. And given that net neutrality has broad, bipartisan support among consumers, Pai has an uphill battle against what will likely be severe activist backlash. He told reporters that the discussions were constructive and he believes that the companies wanted to find a "common ground".
Some four million comments poured into the FCC in favor of the net neutrality rules in 2015, partly driven by comedian John Oliver, who explained the issue on his HBO show Last Week Tonight. She fears a world where the big service providers can block or slow access to web sites that they oppose, or demand extra payments from companies that might pose a competitive threat. Even before he was appointed by Trump, Pai was seen as a crusader against the net neutrality rules.