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As the FCC looks to change network neutrality rules in favor of lighter regulation, the D.C. Circuit Court is likely to play a major role.
Faculty Affiliate Kevin Werbach comments on speculation about how the FCC might rule, “policymakers don’t have the luxury to make decisions based on how they believe the court should have ruled.”
As the FCC considers rolling back net neutrality rules, Faculty Affiliate Kevin Werbach, an associate professor of legal studies at Wharton and former FCC adviser, comments on how these changes will impact the telecommunications industry.
“There are now no rules governing what ISPs can do with your data, and that’s something this FCC has endorsed,” he says.
A group of Senate Republicans is pushing a bill to eliminate the controversial Obama-era net neutrality rules, but their effort faces tough odds; The action on Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement now turns to the Senate; President Donald Trump is flirting with tax and spending plans that could widen the budget deficit; Hiring increased in April, and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in a decade.
Supporters of net neutrality rules knew they were in for a fierce debate when their leading opponent, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, scheduled a speech on the issue for this week. Pai’s efforts to dismantle net neutrality rules were greatly supported by the Republican party and AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, three of the country’s largest Internet service providers, have all issued statements supporting Pai’s efforts.
The move to create a deep partisan divide over net neutrality troubles Faculty Affliate Kevin Werbach, a professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania who worked on Internet issues at the FCC during the Clinton administration in the 1990s and comments in this Fortune article.
As the new head of the FCC seeks to roll back Obama era rules, the issue of net neutrality becomes, once again, intensely debated.
Faculty Affiliate Kevin Werbach argues that the logical answer to this legal conundrum would be for Congress to come to a simple, bipartisan agreement. That is unlikely, given other legislative priorities such as health care and corporate tax, but in a less partisan universe, Republicans and Democrats would have little problem finding common ground on the subject, says Kevin Werbach of Wharton, a business school at the University of Pennsylvania.
The current rules have had no discernible negative impact on the companies, notes Professor Werbach.