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5G Americas Applauds President Trump's Designation of Ajit Pai to FCC Chairman

5G Americas Applauds President Trump's Designation of Ajit Pai to FCC Chairman”

President Donald Trump plans to name Ajit Pai as his head of the Federal Communications Commission, according to a report from Politico's Alex Byers and Tony Romm. He's a fierce and vocal critic of many regulations passed by the commission's Democratic majority, including the 2015 net neutrality rules...

Pai has been seen as a frontrunner for the job and met with Trump in NY on Monday.

"I'd refer you to the White House on this one", the spokesman said in an email to FierceWireless.

Open internet advocates are already concerned about where Pai will take the agency.

Pai is now a commissioner on the FCC board and when made the official head, could actually find himself at odds with President Trump on a few key issues.

Politico reports that Pai was in NY last Monday with Trump and was believed to be the easy selection to chair the FCC under the new administration.

Pai has also been critical of the FCC's willingness to pass partisan proposals under the leadership of Tom Wheeler, who was chairman during Obama's final three years in office.

However, Morken's position is not widely held among those working with Trump on the FCC - so the chances of another anti-net neutrality appointee are fairly high. He said last year that he believes the commission's actions "over the last seven years just haven't worked", and he's made suggestions - including adding tax credits and removing regulations that protect older technologies, like copper wire, that some communities rely on - that he thinks will speed up the process of closing "the digital divide between rural and urban America". Commissioners from the opposing party were given more deference under previous leaders, he says, and prior leaders were willing to negotiate bipartisan solutions.

The Federal Communication Commission, which is an independent body overseen by the US Congress, regulates interstate and global communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in the country.

"We need to fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation and job creation", Pai said in a speech last month looking ahead to Republican control of the FCC.

Pai earlier in his career was an attorney for Verizon but has been in DC since 2004, starting as deputy chief counsel for Sen. It may not be long before Pai implements a rollback.



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