Net Neutrality Opponent Ajit Pai Reportedly Tapped By Trump To Lead FCC
Net neutrality is one of the most important topics of the modern era, considering our widespread reliance on the Internet. Under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, the FCC imposed a set of net neutrality rules
"Ajit Pai has been on the wrong side of just about every major issue that has come before the FCC during his tenure," Free Press President and CEO Craig Aaron said in a statement. "He’s never met a mega-merger he didn’t like or a public safeguard he didn’t try to undermine. He’s been an inveterate opponent of net neutrality, expanded broadband access for low-income families, broadband privacy, media diversity and more."
There is little doubt that Pai would seek to overturn existing net neutrality rules if he is appointed Chairman. He and fellow GOP Commissioner Mike O'Rielly stated last month that they would "seek to revisit" the rules "as soon as possible." It is also worth pointing out that Pai served as Attorney General Counsel for Verizon from 2001-2003 and spent another year representing telecom clients at Jenner & Block (2011-2012). His history could make him sympathetic to the objections of telecoms to net neutrality rules.