Ajit Pai
United States
2018

Federal Communications Commission

Ajit
Pai

Chairman

Pai ushered in a deregulation agenda at the Federal Communications Commission that has been pleasing to broadcasters and Internet providers, after years in which industry argued that government oversight was onerous and outdated. No other action has been more controversial than his decision to repeal most of the agency’s net-neutrality rules, triggering a backlash and leading to court challenges and states passing their own regulations. He was appointed to the post by Donald Trump, but he has tried to steer clear of the president’s attacks on the media and threats to revoke broadcast licenses. News outlets may be alarmed at the rhetoric coming from the White House, but their station owners are pleased with Pai’s moves to lift media ownership rules.

Career

  • Jenner & Block
  • Verizon
  • United States Department of Justice

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • University of Chicago (IL, USA)

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California Net Neutrality Law Put on Hold Until Federal Lawsuit Is Resolved

California Net Neutrality Law Put on Hold Until Federal Lawsuit Is Resolved

WASHINGTON -- California's net neutrality law, signed last month by Gov. Jerry Brown, will be put on hold until federal litigation over the FCC's role is resolved.The state's attorney general, Xavier Becerra, agreed to pause the implementation of the law, which includes the strongest net neutrality protections of any state measure that has passed recently. The same day that Brown signed the law, the Justice Department sued to stop it, arguing that only the federal government can regulate interstate commerce.California's...

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