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The FCC Is Full Again, With Three Republicans and Two Democrats (arstechnica.com) 81

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nominations of Republican Brendan Carr and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the two empty seats on the Federal Communications Commission. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated the commissioners in a statement. "As I know from working with each of them for years, they have distinguished records of public service and will be valuable assets to the FCC in the years to come," Pai said. "Their experience at the FCC makes them particularly well-suited to hit the ground running. I'm pleased that the FCC will once again be at full strength and look forward to collaborating to close the digital divide, promote innovation, protect consumers, and improve the agency's operations."

Carr served as Pai's Wireless, Public Safety and International Legal Advisor for three years. After President Trump elevated Pai to the chairmanship in January, Pai appointed Carr to become the FCC's general counsel. Rosenworcel had to leave the commission at the end of last year when the Republican-led US Senate refused to re-confirm her for a second five-year term. But Democrats pushed Trump to re-nominate Rosenworcel to fill the empty Democratic spot and he obliged. FCC commissioners are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. esides Pai, Carr, and Rosenworcel, the five-member commission includes Republican Michael O'Rielly and Democrat Mignon Clyburn.

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The FCC Is Full Again, With Three Republicans and Two Democrats

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  • by ZorroXXX ( 610877 ) <<moc.liamg> <ta> <ladvolh>> on Friday August 04, 2017 @09:09AM (#54939649)

    Pai said .. protect consumers, ..

    But in his mind, FCC's customers to serve are corporations.

    • by Maritz ( 1829006 ) on Friday August 04, 2017 @09:16AM (#54939693)
      He's protecting consumers from high quality internet access.
      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        He's protecting consumers from high quality internet access.

        You seem to have a strong opinion on "net neutrality" without knowing what it was.

        In concept, net neutrality was designed to ensure carriers wouldn't charge different amounts for different types of services. That's a great concept.

        In reality net neutrality (at least the Obama/FCC version on paper, not what it was marketed as) was designed to wrap the entire ISP industry in so much legislation that upstarts couldn't get started and small-mid sized ISPs couldn't compete with the larger ISPs.

        As a rule of thum

        • by JohnFen ( 1641097 ) on Friday August 04, 2017 @11:35AM (#54940607)

          In concept, net neutrality was designed to ensure carriers wouldn't charge different amounts for different types of services.

          No, that's not the idea at all. The idea is to ensure that ISPs wouldn't interfere or impede packets based on who was sending or receiving them.

          was designed to wrap the entire ISP industry in so much legislation that upstarts couldn't get started and small-mid sized ISPs couldn't compete with the larger ISPs.

          If that was the goal, it failed. Nearly all small and mid-sized ISPs want net neutrality. It helps them, too, and outside if a handful of small ISPs who are taking a political, rather than business, stance, they all see that.

        • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

          In concept, net neutrality was designed to ensure carriers wouldn't charge different amounts for different types of services. That's a great concept.

          That definition is utterly wrong and would be a terrible concept if anyone attempted to implement it. The intent of net neutrality was never to prevent companies from charging different amounts of money for users that use different types of services, because different types of services have different needs. If someone uses a type of service that uses a lot of

        • Lie. The regulations forbade the existing infrastructure, which is ALREADY a working monopoly, from exploiting the customer base.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Last I heard about their statements regarding the alleged DDOS attack, they were already full of something one way or the other...

  • by TimothyHollins ( 4720957 ) on Friday August 04, 2017 @09:21AM (#54939733)

    "I'm pleased that the FCC will once again be at full strength and look forward to collaborating to close the digital divide, promote innovation, protect consumers, and improve the agency's operations" he said, while the holy cross on the wall burst into flames.

    • by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Friday August 04, 2017 @10:05AM (#54939961)
      He IS working to close the digital divide. By making sure those of us in the city have only one ISP to choose from at dialup speeds for insane prices, there will no longer be any divisions between us and people who choose to live a hundred miles from the nearest town.

      He IS looking to protect consumers from the evils of watching too much porn. If we're allowed to download more than a gigabyte of data a month, it will just be unrealistic porn which will warp our sexuality.

      He IS hoping to improving the agencies operations. There will be more people to collect bribes. Plus, what if Pai is on vacation when comcast calls and says they want this or that regulation eliminated? This way someone will be there to answer the phone.
  • If you asked that disingenuous cock holster what he's going to protect consumers from, do you suppose he'd say "government regulations" or "I know, right?"
  • "One Democrat and One Republican. It's the only way to keep the piece" - The West Wing Translation: It's the only way to keep the status quo.
  • When are we going to hang Pai for corruption and treason?

  • And under the leadership of Ajit Pai, that something is shit.

  • The GOP's belief in free market competition is only outweight by their blind hatred of regulations. Unless you want to suspend all resonable thought and actually consider 3Mbs ADSL a real alternative to 50+Mbs Cable for Internet access then there just isn't enough competition in the telecom field for free market competition to suceed. Removing regulations simply hands more power to the Cable monopolies in most of the United States
  • First it was a 90+ senate vote in favour of the nominee for FBI Director, now it's an easy ride for FCC nominees. I thought it was public policy not to approve anyone Trump nominates unless it's after a huge drama complete with a portrait of the evil the nominee must be for the crime of being nominated by Trump.

    • by imidan ( 559239 )
      Yeah, how about that, when Trump nominates people who aren't cartoonishly inappropriate for their positions, the confirmations are pretty straightforward.
  • I frequently use FCC databases to review freq, certifications (Type Acceptance) on radios, etc. But these days much of what FCC does is all business, there are a few (and soon to be extinct) people that have technical knowledge. There was a symposium of sorts I found a online video of some years ago FCC panel of people talking about new information platforms and concepts. It seemed all talk of business, I couldn't figure out what types of systems or how does it all interconnect (RF, fiber, cable, ?). How th
  • The FCC Is Full Again, With Three Republicans and Two Democrats...

    If the FCC keeps eating politicians, our problems will be solved!

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