On broadband privacy, for example, Pai has consistently advocated for FTC oversight. "Americans should not have to forgo their fundamental right to privacy just because their homes and phones are connected to the internet".
Critics are already tearing Pai a new one over this meeting, in distinctly combative language. In their zeal to overturn regulations, Republicans may have thrown the baby out with the bathwater in repealing the FCC's privacy rule.
Thune says now there will be one consistent policy that will not only make things more clear, but also protect consumers. A second category of information, called "less-sensitive data", such as your name, address, IP address and anything else a consumer has not opted in to sharing with their ISP's will now be subject to collection, since consumers won't have an option to opt out of this information sharing. The FCC rules that were proposed a year ago would have compelled ISPs to adhere to similar guidelines preventing them from using, selling or sharing consumers' browsing histories without first obtaining their consent. For example, AT&T and other ISPs' actions continue to be governed by Section 222 of the Communications Act just as they were for the almost two years that passed between reclassification of internet access as a Title II service and the passage of new rules last fall. A foundational point of our businesses is respecting the privacy of our customers, which is why we disagree with the federal removal of FCC regulations necessary to ensure a citizens right to privacy online is protected. "That's simply not how online advertising works".
In an attempt to quell customers' privacy concerns, several ISPs, including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, issued statements reiterating that they do not sell web browsing histories or other personal information, and have no plans to do so in the future. "Hopefully, we will soon return to a universe where thoughtful privacy protections are not overrun by shameful FCC power grabs and blatant misrepresentations".
Although the rules had not yet gone into effect, President Donald Trump signed a bill to strike down an internet privacy bill that was passed by Congress in October introduced by former President Barack Obama.
Could net neutrality be next?
The huge outcry, as well as the public's distrust of the ISPs, led to a network neutrality regulation passed in 2015 that is now being enforced by the FCC. "They've bucked the federal rule, and they're going to get what they hate the most - a bunch of state laws".