With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America
...Ajit Pai has left his position as head of the FCC " America's communications regulator " marking the end of an extraordinary four years where telecoms policy was dragged into the era of alternate facts. With sad inevitability, Pai has a list of his accomplishments in a similar fashion....
Pai fails to note the extensive, and justified, criticism leveled at him by his own commissioners, the Government Accountability Office, the press, and Puerto Ricans for doing too little, too late. He also refused a review into the FCC's response: something that is a standard approach used to help the organization learn from mistakes.
Had it been run, the review might have queried why normal protocols weren't followed. The fact he prevented such a probe reveals a darker truth: that Pai's actions, or lack of them, were not the result of incompetence.
Pai will, of course, be most closely associated with the reversal of net neutrality rules. Not only did he undercut the FCC's own rulings made just two years earlier but he pushed through a predetermined outcome, often with almost comic pretense to running a proper policy process.
The FCC not only failed to fix its flawed public comment process and systems but worked to make it more dysfunctional in order to disguise the true depth of feeling against the decision.
It allowed organizations to upload hundreds of thousands of responses in one file, knowing from experience that it would be used to flood the comment period with fake comments. The cable industry promptly did exactly that.
Later, Pai claimed, wrongly, that the FCC had been hit with a DDoS attack....