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Sen. Schatz Meets With NCTA, Others on Open Internet Order

Late Tuesday it was looking more and more like FCC Chairman Ajit Pai might indeed be outlining his strategy for reversing Title II classification of ISPs in a speech Wednesday.

One sign was that Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), ranking member on the Senate Communications Subcommittee, met with representatives of NCTA: The Internet & Television Association, CTIA and USTelecom as well as public interest groups Free Press, Public Knowledge, Demand Progress and the ACLU.

Schatz's office said that the meetings came "ahead of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's announcement on reversing net neutrality rules."

Pai has also met with NCTA and other telecom associations, seeking input on the best way to preserve net neutrality while reversing the common carrier designation for ISPs.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.