The Trump administration wants to make the internet more open and transparent, but the move to roll back net neutrality protections is also making its way through Congress.
The bill that would end net neutrality, the Stop Online Piracy Act, is slated to be introduced next week by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. John Culberson, R/T, in the House.
The legislation aims to protect the Internet from internet service providers that charge for access to the web, which is considered a public utility.
Net neutrality, which the FCC has upheld since 2015, has made the internet one of the most vital elements of American life.
The FCC voted in May to reverse course and end the Obama-era regulations, but a court challenge has stalled.
Net Neutrality supporters argue that the rules were set to keep internet service from discriminating against specific websites, but Pai has said the changes are needed to ensure an open and fair internet.
The FCC has been moving to rollback net neutrality rules since last summer, but lawmakers have been slow to respond.
In September, a bipartisan group of 18 House members sent a letter to Pai urging him to continue the protections.
The Republican-led House has yet to pass the bill, which will need to pass two more votes before being sent to President Donald Trump to sign.
The president has vowed to veto the legislation.
“We need to make sure that the internet is safe, and the internet should remain free and open,” Pai told reporters last week.
“There are a lot of good people on the internet and I think that the Internet is a very important part of our society and we need to protect it,” Pai said.
“So I think we’re going to keep working to protect net neutrality.”
The bill would undo the rules for internet service that were passed in 2015 by the FCC, but Congress could amend them to protect against ISPs blocking or throttling websites.
Pai has been pushing to kill net neutrality since the 2016 election.
“It’s important for Americans to understand that this legislation is not about protecting consumers, but it’s about ensuring that the government is accountable to the people and not to special interests,” Pai wrote in a statement in October.