Updated August 17, 2018 12:02:06 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says the FCC is preparing rules to streamline the way the agency handles complaints about online discrimination.
Pai said in a blog post Wednesday that the proposed rules will “provide greater certainty for all Americans to make their voices heard about discrimination and unlawful discrimination, and ensure that the FCC has the tools to investigate and hold accountable those who discriminate and harm the American people.”
Pai also said he will issue a statement on the proposed changes “very shortly.”
The FCC is proposing rules that would allow complaints filed against a company, company or individual to be filed in federal district court, where they would be reviewed by a panel of three judges.
Pai said the new rules would “make it easier to bring civil claims” and would also allow the FCC to file more complaints in a timely fashion.
The FCC has long been known for its heavy reliance on lawsuits, particularly in cases of racial discrimination.
But the proposed regulations would make that harder.
The commission has argued that the agency should be able to pursue complaints on a case-by-case basis rather than by issuing an “order to litigate.”
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commision, speaks at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in New Orleans on Aug. 19, 2018.
The FCC is expected to announce more details about the new regulations in the coming weeks.
The agency has faced a wave of criticism for its treatment of complaints of discrimination in recent years, including a lawsuit brought by President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. that was dismissed in 2015.
The Trump administration, which has maintained that the lawsuit is without merit, has been in court with the agency in several pending lawsuits, and Trump has repeatedly attacked the agency for failing to act to combat discrimination.
The Trump administration is currently seeking to overturn the FCC’s 2016 order that required broadband providers to treat customers equally.
Pai has proposed that the commission allow lawsuits in federal courts to be brought against companies that fail to do so.
The new rules were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Read moreAt a speech on the future of the internet, Ajit Peres said the FCC will be able “to pursue civil claims and bring complaints in the courts, where the courts will be open to review by the courts.”
He added, “When you have three judges, you have a stronger and more independent judiciary.
The courts will enforce the law.”
The FCC’s current order requires internet service providers (ISPs) to treat their customers equally, with the goal of creating a level playing field.
Pai says that the rule would create a “safe space” for all citizens.
Pieters speech came just days after Pai’s office confirmed that the Trump administration was seeking to reverse the 2016 order.
Pai told reporters that he was “very disappointed” in the administration’s move and that the administration was looking to reverse it.
“The FCC will not stand idly by and allow the government to destroy the very foundation of our democracy,” Pai said in the statement.
Pais also said that the new FCC rules will require the FCC “to adopt policies to protect the privacy and civil liberties of all Americans.”
Pai said that he will release a statement “very soon” about the proposal.
Last month, Pai told The Washington Post that the Obama administration’s actions to enforce the 2016 rules would be “overdue.”
“The Obama administration put an awful lot of effort into enforcing the FCC and trying to protect consumers, but unfortunately they didn’t take the time to make sure that the law was being enforced,” Pai told the Post.
“We have to have strong enforcement of the law and that’s what I’m proposing.”
Pai’s comments came just two days after the White House announced that it was rolling back an Obama-era rule that required internet service companies to provide access to internet service to millions of low-income people.
The rule required companies like Comcast and Verizon to pay $45 a month in monthly fees for customers who couldn’t pay their bills.
Pai has previously proposed that internet service be “neutral,” meaning that it would not discriminate against people who are not on the same internet service plan.