On Friday, President Obama’s Net Neutrality plan has come under fire by both the House Oversight Committee and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on whether or not the Obama administration has influenced members of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai in statements released believes the president’s plan is misleading and is prepared to release full details of the actual intentions of the plan.
The House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a request to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler requesting all communications with the White House and other executive branch agencies about Obama’s Net Neutrality plan, any internal documents and drafts, meeting notes, and who visited the White House.
Chaffetz expressed concern about the rule-making process used by the FCC and the independence of the agency and warned the agency about deleting any documents.
At the same time, FCC Commissioner, Ajit Pai conveyed his concerns about the plan by the Obama administration and released some details of the plan and expressed his displeasure that the American public will not be able to see the 332-page Net Neutrality plan. Pai further stated that the FCC should be open and transparent by posting the entire plan on-line and not hide the details as the plan as it marks a shift toward having the government control every aspect of the Internet.
Pai said, “I am disappointed that the plan will not be released publicly. The FCC should be as open and transparent as the Internet itself and post the entire document on its website. Instead, it looks like the FCC will have to pass the President’s plan before the American people will be able to find out what’s really in it.”
In six areas of the plan, Pai pointed out that the plan has hidden agenda’s that will not be favorable to both businesses and the American people. When it comes to government control over the Internet, Pai said, “It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works. It’s an overreach that will let a Washington bureaucracy, and not the American people, decide the future of the online world. It’s no wonder that net neutrality proponents are already bragging that it will turn the FCC into the “Department of the Internet.”