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Probably a bit of a reason why Mr Pai's FCC was so beneficial to the ISPs...

Ajit Pai joins American Enterprise Institute and a firm that invests in ISPs
arstechnica.com

...After four years of running the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai is now working for a conservative think tank and a private-equity firm.

The American Enterprise Institute on Friday announced that the ex-FCC chairman "is joining AEI as a visiting fellow" and "will work on issues pertaining to technology and innovation, telecommunications regulation, and market-based incentives for investment in broadband deployment."

Earlier last week, Searchlight Capital Partners announced the appointment of Pai "as a partner and a prospective board member of a number of Searchlight's existing investments in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors." Searchlight's current investments include two Internet service providers in the US, Consolidated Communications and Ziply Fiber, and several ISPs overseas....



Was mr Pai promised a job with the ISP-friendly firm if he ran the FCC to benefit that firm's investments?


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-11 10:28 AM | Reply

Did anyone actually believe allowing ISP's to do what they want wouldn't result in them charging more? I thought everyone realized Pai was there to nothing but line the pockets of GOP donors.

#2 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-05-11 11:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Of course it was a lie.

That's all the GOP has now. Assert they're working for the people then stab them in the back.

It works every time.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2021-05-11 11:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Then there's also this that occurred under the auspices of Mr Pai...

Broadband providers bankrolled fake net neutrality opposition, investigation finds
www.lightreading.com

... An investigation by the New York Attorney General found that some of the nation's largest broadband companies funded a secret campaign to generate opposition to net neutrality, resulting in millions of faked comments to the US government.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) confirmed that nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received in its 2017 proceeding to repeal net neutrality rules were fake. ...

[emphasis mine]

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-11 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) confirmed that nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received in its 2017 proceeding to repeal net neutrality rules were fake. ..."

Duh! The tech news sites were all over that when the millions of submissions occurred. They called that out and the FCC summarily ignored and denied the existence of fake comments. In a sane world that would be investigated and people would go to jail.

WE NEED TO HOLD CRIMINALS ACCOUNTABLE!!!

#5 | Posted by ND_Perspective at 2021-05-11 02:53 PM | Reply

@#5 ... The tech news sites were all over that when the millions of submissions occurred. They called that out and the FCC summarily ignored and denied the existence of fake comments. ...

Yup.

Another view...

With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America
www.theregister.com

...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.

Net neutrality

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....



#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-11 03:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Everyone connected to Donnie Fail's "administration" was either woefully inept, purposefully destructive, or had some personal benefit to gain from their "policies".

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-05-11 05:31 PM | Reply

@#7 ... Everyone connected to Donnie Fail's "administration" was either woefully inept, purposefully destructive, or had some personal benefit to gain from their "policies". ...

My opinion is that Mr Pai was purposefully destructive and had some personal benefit to gain.

As I mentioned in #1, I have to wonder if Mr Pai had been promised a position in that ISP-friendly investment firm if he took the wrecking ball to the FCC's oversight and rules governing the ISPs.

Mr Pai certainly seemed to do little, if anything, to benefit the customers of those ISPs.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-11 06:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8

Agree. I would not bet against this being a kickback job. Killing net neutrality was obviously a bad idea for consumers. It would be one thing if people had a choice of providers but many people don't. The comment period was a joke.

I mean the only way the corruption could have been more obvious is if Pai had taken over the airwaves like for a state of the union and said "I'm a corrupt MF'er, and I'm getting ready to bend over the American people so my boys in telecoms can make bank. In return they will make sure I'm set for life. Peace out suckers."

#9 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-05-11 07:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Any MAGAts here who supported Pai care to about they were wrong and that deregulation failed and acknowledge they had no idea what they were talking about.

#10 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-05-11 09:58 PM | Reply

Ajit Pai is a goon but I don't remember much ado about it here.

His name has come up and been cursed by many but I don't remember any pitched battles.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-11 10:19 PM | Reply

@#11 ... Ajit Pai is a goon but I don't remember much ado about it here. ...

I've mentioned his reign previously.

Apropos? ...
Thompson Twins - You Take Me Up
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#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-11 11:12 PM | Reply

Ajit Pai is a goon but I don't remember much ado about it here.
His name has come up and been cursed by many but I don't remember any pitched battles.

#11 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

There were quite a few where MAGAts clearly didn't understand what Net Neutrality and how isp's abuse their customers and web services. Jeff was a big defender of Pai

#13 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-05-11 11:37 PM | Reply

Yes I remember some anti-consumer protection right-wingrrs took some sort of ridiculous first amendment concoction of and excuse for supporting adjective pie and opposing net neutrality in the name of freedom to charge customers more.

But those guys are idiots, and their arguments fatuous and divorced from reality. They could never defend this outcome, so they will simply ignore it. Every Republican will ignore this.

That way, their childish belief system remains intact, unassailable.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-11 11:45 PM | Reply

Feels like people aren't reading the full article. It's also about Obama's policies failing to curb prices.

One of my favorites: "As far back as 2014, Donald Trump was calling Net Neutrality an "attack on the Internet" and a "top down power grab" designed to target conservative voices. Then, under President Obama, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed Net Neutrality regulations on the internet by a 3-2 party line vote in 2015."

How did that work out Don? lol

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-12 10:56 AM | Reply

Completely related to the article, because where did that pesky capex go pre-Covid? Stock buybacks.

"Closing the digital divide requires modernizing all of our laws that impact broadband affordability, accessibility and sustainability. We applaud Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers, Congressman Latta, and other members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for tackling issues that impede investments in broadband infrastructure deployment." -AT&T

aaaand they're back with hat in hand so We The People can provide their capital.

#16 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-12 11:04 AM | Reply

Republicans promise a lot that they know are lies.

#17 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-05-13 12:01 PM | Reply

The GOP promises everything to the middle class and delivers nothing.

Not one damn thing.

Mexico didn't pay for the wall.

There wasn't a 35% tax on companies off shoring jobs.

No low cost health care with no deductibles that cover everything.

No companies rushing to come back to the US.

Coal jobs did not come back.

It was all flimsily disquised bullsnot to get the gullible to vote to give trillions of tax cuts to billionaires.

#18 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-05-13 02:41 PM | Reply

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