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FCC Chairman to Block Implementation of Stricter Broadband Privacy Rules

February 24, 2017

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Ajit Pai arrives at a FCC Net Neutrality hearingFederal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Ajit Pai arrives at a FCC Net Neutrality hearing
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai © Yuri Gripas / Reuters REUTERS

The new Federal Communications Commission chief will move to block broadband privacy rules, approved by the Obama administration, that subject broadband providers to stricter scrutiny than websites, a spokesman said on Friday, in a victory for internet providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon Communications.

The spokesman for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Pai believes all companies in the “online space should be subject to the same rules, and the federal government should not favor one set of companies over another.”

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Pai plans by March 2 to delay the implementation of the rules which subject companies to stricter oversight than websites under Federal Trade Commission rules, the spokesman said.