UPDATED POST (January 23, 2016) Official: President Trump Selects Net Neutrality Opponent Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman
[Pai] doesn’t need to be confirmed by the Senate because he is already on the Commission.
ORIGINAL POST FROM Jan. 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump will tap as his pick to lead the FCC in the new administration, elevating the sitting GOP commissioner to the top spot overseeing the nation’s communications industry, according to two industry sources familiar with decision.
The announcement could come as soon as this afternoon, the sources said. Pai, a Barack Obama nominee who has served as the senior FCC Republican for more than three years, could take the new role immediately and wouldn’t require approval by the Senate because he was already confirmed to serve at the agency.
He’s a fierce and vocal critic of many regulations passed by the commission’s Democratic majority, including the 2015 net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally and are opposed by the major broadband companies. As chairman, Pai will be able to start the process of undoing the net neutrality order and pursuing other deregulatory efforts.”
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