The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected calls on Monday from 28 Democrats calling on them to postpone a Dec. 14 vote to repeal the net neutrality rules.
“This is just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman [Ajit] Pai's plan to restore internet freedom has stalled," the FCC said in a statement provided to Ars Technica, according to The Hill.
The FCC said in a separate statement that the vote will proceed as scheduled.
The calls for a delay stemmed from concern over possible “fake comments” on the FCC's public comment file.
Pai's proposal will not reduce the regulation of the Obama administration over internet service providers (ISPs) and broadband providers.
Pai argues that the regulations stymie innovation in technologies and investment in infrastructure from ISPs to expand broadband technologies and internet service.
“The FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate,” Pai said in a statement.
“Notably, my proposal will put the federal government’s most experienced privacy cop, the FTC, back on the beat to protect consumers’ online privacy,” he continued.
This would take regulation out of the hands of the FCC completely.