FCC Commissioner: Free Mobile Video Streaming Might Violate Agency Rules

Pai suspects the decision would ultimately be put off until after the November elections. He also said the FCC’s net neutrality rules have caused small ISPs not to invest more money in expanding broadband access.

According to Pai, KWISP, a wireless ISP, delayed network upgrades that would have increased speeds from 3 Mbps to 20 Mbps for 475 of its rural customers in northern Illinois. He also said Wisper ISP, which serves 8,000 customers around St. Louis, abandoned its plans to triple the number of new base stations it would deploy each month to provide broadband to new customers.

“I’ve heard similar stories from other small businesses over and over again. Remember, these are the companies many Americans rely on, or would like to, for competitive alternatives,” he said.