The Trump administration is poised to reverse the Obama administration’s decision to make it easier for internet companies to reverse their traffic to and from the United States, the White House said Monday.
The move comes as President Donald Trump and the U-S-Backed Telecommunications Commission are working to undo a policy that allows internet service providers (ISPs) to block content from foreign countries without a court order.
The FCC had previously blocked some sites that posted material from Iran and Russia.
The Trump administration said in a statement Monday that it is “currently reviewing the FCC’s request for comments on a proposal to reverse its net neutrality protections for the first time in more than a decade.”
“The FCC is taking a fresh look at net neutrality as a critical tool for innovation and for keeping Americans safe and healthy, and this action is a step toward ensuring that internet service remains a cornerstone of our democratic society,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, in a letter to Congress.
Internet companies are currently barred from blocking or slowing down content, but the U.-S-backed Telecommunications Commission has previously ruled that ISPs cannot block websites and content without a valid court order from a federal court.
The FCC’s net neutrality rules require internet service companies to treat all internet traffic equally.
Pai and other Trump administration officials have repeatedly said they oppose the FCCs “neutrality” rules.
But internet service industry leaders have been arguing for more leniency in enforcing net neutrality in the past.
Pai’s administration has said that internet providers can’t be forced to treat certain content the same as other content.