New FCC chairman: Net neutrality rules were a ‘mistake’

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, passed two years ago, were a “mistake” that caused uncertainty for the broadband industry, the agency’s new chairman said.

The net neutrality rules, along with the FCC’s decision to reclassify broadband as a regulated common carrier, “deviated” from the U.S. government’s longstanding light-touch regulatory approach toward the internet, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Two years after the agency passed its net neutrality rules, “it has become evident that the FCC made a mistake,” said Pai, a Republican. “Our new approach injected tremendous uncertainty into the broadband market. And uncertainty is the enemy of growth.”

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