The FCC is facing a major battle over net neutrality rules, which are a key part of the nation’s new net neutrality regulations.
But the FCC is going to be under pressure to make sure the rules don’t hurt innovation.
The agency on Wednesday unveiled a proposal that would require wireless carriers to get permission from customers to use their networks to carry out applications like streaming video and social networking.
The FCC will have to decide whether the new rules will make it easier for startups and small businesses to get online, or if they will create more of a chokepoint for big ISPs.
The rules would also prohibit ISPs from blocking or throttling the flow of data and applications, or charging more for certain content.
The rules could impact consumers and businesses across the country.
If the FCC follows through on the rules, it would likely be the first major rulemaking on net neutrality in more than two decades.
The FCC was created in 2010 as part of a sweeping overhaul of how the nation regulates the Internet.
It was created with the goal of ensuring the open, competitive and free Internet.
Republicans on the FCC have repeatedly clashed with the Obama administration over net-neutrality rules.
The agency’s chairman, Ajit Pai, has also been an outspoken critic of net neutrality, saying the rules are an attack on the freedom of speech.
The proposal is just one part of an overall plan to regulate the Internet under the new FCC chairman, which is also expected to unveil a major rollback of federal environmental protections.
The new rules are expected to come into effect by the end of the year, with the first steps taking place in the first quarter of 2020.