The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its plan to regulate the internet and cable TV.
The move, announced Tuesday by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, would create a “new open internet” that would cover all aspects of broadband and cable, including how content and apps are delivered to consumers.
Pai said that the FCC’s rules will “restore a level playing field” between cable and internet providers and allow consumers to “choose the best broadband service.”
The FCC is expected to finalize the plan next week.
Pai has been outspoken in his support of net neutrality, a policy that would protect the open internet.
Pai is expected next week to propose the repeal of net-neutrality rules in a speech to the FCC.
Pai told The New York Times on Monday that he is “looking forward to making a lot of progress on the issue of net neutrality.”
He said the FCC would be working on an open internet proposal for the next two years.
“We have an opportunity here to make a real difference,” he said.
Pai also announced plans to repeal rules requiring cable companies to charge consumers based on the speed of their internet connections.
Pai did not specify when he would eliminate net neutrality rules, which were put in place by the Obama administration to ensure the internet is open and affordable for everyone.
“The internet is the most important public utility in our country, and we must ensure that the rules that govern it are clear, enforceable and affordable,” Pai said.