Trump Appoints Anti-Regulation Net Neutrality Enemy to Head FCC

Elbert EdwardsJan 24, 2017

Pai is a notorious enemy of net neutrality, and has indicated that he will work to reverse the relatively new net neutrality rules as chairman.

Pai has been a commissioner on the FCC since President Obama appointed him and, for the past three years, has been the senior-most Republican member of the board, Politico reports.

Like Wheeler before him, Pai has spent time directly serving telecom interests, having worked as a lawyer for Verizon from 2001 to 2003.

Pai has always been critical of net neutrality, saying that the problem it's trying to solve - big internet providers acting as gatekeepers to what we see and do online - doesn't exist. 5G Americas has long admired Mr. Pai's leadership, particularly his focus on getting wireless spectrum to the market. His FCC term technically expired previous year, but agency rules allow him to continue serving through 2017. Wheeler won that battle when a federal appeals court upheld the net neutrality rules and reclassification. He believes "the federal government must make it easier to for broadband providers to retire increasingly obsolete copper lines in favor of next-generation technologies like fiber". Pai, an outspoken critic of such regulation, predicted that net neutrality's days were numbered in a recent speech to anti-regulatory group Free State Foundation.

Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman congratulated Pai and said he looked forward to a productive working relationship with Chairman Pai.

"[We] need to remove outdated and unnecessary regulations", he said.

While competitive carriers like Level 3 voiced support for Wheeler's proposals, while traditional telcos like AT&T and CenturyLink, as well as large cable operators like Comcast and the new Charter, said the reforms would chill investment in new last-mile facilities.

"Pai, who met with Trump in NY on Monday, had been seen by many as a top contender for the job given his reputation as a telecom law expert who's comfortable in front of the camera, "Politico wrote".

While we would be more than happy to say that these are just speculations regarding what he would do once he is head of the FCC, things are not just speculations. At the moment, two of the five commissioners have stepped aside-former chairman Tom Wheeler and Jessica Rosenworcel.

Related Articles:



« Previous article
Next article »


Popular Pages

32 killed, 50 injured as train derails in southern India
At least 13 people were killed and about 100 others were injured after train derailed in India late on Saturady, Sputnik reported. In the last serious accident, 150 people died when a train derailed late previous year in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

Hattiesburg Salvation Army damaged during storms
A large part of Arkansas was under a tornado watch, and forecasters warned that severe storms could develop in the evening. Mississippi Power crews are assessing damage and working to restore power in the areas that are safe for them to work.

OPEC, Russia 'Ahead Of Schedule' On Oil Output Cuts
Kuwaiti Oil Minister Essam Al-Marzouq, who chairs the five-member committee, said they will meet next after March 17 in Kuwait. It expressed satisfaction over compliance with the agreement on cutting oil production to stabilize oil market.

United States declines to send delegation to Syria peace talks in Astana
He said Damascus regarded the peace talks as only being between Syrian parties and that Turkey would not participate in dialogue. He also noted that there had been no negotiations to date between Syrian and Turkish governments regarding the conflict.

Here is a Better Look at the Nintendo Switch UI
Many hope that the Nintendo Switch will beat the dismal 13,000 units sold by its predecessor Nintendo Wii U by a wide margin. We've also been told what the last first-party Wii U game release will be, and that too should come as no surprise.

Collapse of Tehran high-rise on fire kills 30 firefighters
The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. According to Russia Today , the building, one of the oldest high rise structures in Iran was known as the Plasco Building.

Donald Trump Inauguration Draws 30.6 Million
Topping both Obama and Trump in 1981 was the inauguration of Ronald Reagen, a former actor, which was watched by 41.8 million viewers.

Rescuers search for survivors after avalanche hits hotel in central Italy
The disaster struck during a driving snowstorm on Wednesday, hours after four earthquakes above magnitude 5 rattled the region. Some survivors reportedly took refuge beneath a collapsed portion of the hotel, lighting a fire to keep warm.

Trump To Start Negotiations on NAFTA With Canada, Mexico
It relies on the United States to buy most of its exports. "Our country believes in bridges.to promote good neighborly relations". A high-level Mexican delegation is scheduled to hold talks with Trump administration officials in Washington Jan. 25-26.

Woman accused of taping her toddler son to wall is arrested
It is unclear whether or not OH teen mom Shayla Rudolph has retained legal counsel, and her bond has been set at $20,000. The Ohio woman states in the video that she taped her young son to the wall so that she could clean her house.