By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-27-20

Democrats on the Federal Communications Commission are taking issue with Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement last week that the agency would clarify edge providers’ Section 230 immunity from civil liability over third-party content, as the White House has asked. Pai also said he has been assured by Commission lawyers that it has the authority to do so.

That came during a public meeting Tuesday (Oct. 27) in statements on the FCC’s defense of its network-neutrality deregulation order.

Democrats pointed out that the FCC had cited Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act in defending its elimination of net neutrality regulations and its adoption of an “information services” definition for Internet access that squared better with Section 230’s grant of immunity that allowed the marketplace more freedom. » Read More