By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-5-20

Federal Communications Chairman Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday (Oct. 5) that the Commission plans to vote at its October meeting on its response to a federal appeals court remand on its Restoring Internet Freedom (RIF) ISP deregulation order.

Pai said the item addressed the court’s issues and “affirms that the FCC stands by the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, consistent with the practical reality consumers have experienced since December 2017 of an internet economy that is better, stronger and freer than ever.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the bulk of the agency’s decision to reclassify ISPs as Title I information service providers that aren’t subject to Title II common-carrier regulations and to eliminate the rules against blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and a general conduct rule. The court also said the FCC was within its authority and the decision was not arbitrary and capricious, but it said the FCC had not sufficiently explained the impact of that deregulation. » Read More