Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pai embraces chief critic role on net neutrality

The toughest critic of the FCC’s new net neutrality rules isn’t marching outside the building waving a sign. He’s sitting at a desk in the agency’s D.C. headquarters.

GOP Commissioner Ajit Pai is taking the lead in crafting and articulating the conservative argument against Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan, which represents one of the most sweeping efforts to regulate communications in the agency’s history. A Kansas-raised lawyer and onetime aide to former Sen. Sam Brownback, Pai was Mitch McConnell’s choice for a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission back in 2011. Now he’s seizing the spotlight as the chief agitator against the net neutrality order.

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