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Ex-Verizon Lawyer Ajit Pai Confirmed To Second Term As FCC Chair (fastcompany.com) 101

Congress late Monday approved Ajit Pai for a second term as chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Fast Company reports. "The Senate voted 52-41 (with almost all 'yea' votes coming from Republicans) to give Pai a new five-year term retroactive to July 1, 2017. Without the confirmation, Pai would have had to give up the chair at the end of 2017."

"I am deeply grateful to the U.S. Senate for confirming my nomination to serve a second term at the FCC and to President Trump for submitting that nomination to the Senate," Pai said in a statement. Pai served as Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc. in February 2001, where he handled competition matters, regulatory issues, and counseling of business units on broadband initiatives.
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Ex-Verizon Lawyer Ajit Pai Confirmed To Second Term As FCC Chair

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  • LOOOOOOOOOOL (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sexconker ( 1179573 ) on Monday October 02, 2017 @07:12PM (#55297363)

    This country is well and truly fucked.

    • the republicans are burning the place to the ground; keeping the goods and leaving us with burned out countryside.

      thanks, guys. really appreciate the 'I got mine, fuck you' attitude.

      shows great pride in your country.

      shows that you really care about us. for the long run.

      (gulp. threw up a little bit.)

      • It isn't just Republicans though, Verizon has many, many Dems in it's corporate pocket, for instance, as do Comcast. Take a gander at any state where Verizon and Comcast operate and you will find greased palms on both sides of the political aisle. The only two things that have kept them in check are the various courts and federal bureaucrats. It certainly hasn't been the FCC or any of the State or Federal Congresscritters.

    • One of my early acts as a Representative in the Congress of the United States will be to meet with FCC representatives to discuss the structuring of a Net Neutrality bill, charging the Commission with protecting Net Neutrality and leaving the details of how to do so up to the Commission. The language must be clear enough that operating in bad faith against the principles of Net Neutrality will make the Commissioners and Chair liable for impeachment.

      • And how did that go? What response did you get? What were the arguments the FCC used? Etc.

        • In the English language, "Will" is the future-tense of "am". The past tense is "has" or "have".

          • Yeah, I misread your comment. Sorry about that. I was really hoping you'd spoken with them and was interested in what they said -- but I guess I'll have to wait. :)

            • Nah I'm campaigning basically all the time. Net Neutrality is actually a difficult issue because it's like... should we have a law against murder? ... yes, what the hell do you even say to that? The policy position on Net Neutrality is pretty much "Yes, this is important." It's really hard to articulate why it's important (all of the points for it are sort of weak and fuzzy, yet the only points against it are that some businesses can strangle the market and impede progress so as to avoid having to funct

  • by locater16 ( 2326718 ) on Monday October 02, 2017 @07:18PM (#55297405)
    All hail the mighty corporate overlords. Bow before your nobility peasants! Scrape and bow before your betters, and pray they are generous enough to leave you what little pittance you deserve.
  • States rights? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Tablizer ( 95088 ) on Monday October 02, 2017 @07:28PM (#55297453) Journal

    How much can states override the FCC's proclamations? While the Constitution gives the Federal Gov't control over most "interstate commerce", within a state, in theory the state should have a lot of control in terms of privacy, throttling, anti-trust, etc.

    Let the red states have choice-free oligopolies that overlord their content and privacy; the fools deserve it.

    • Let the red states have choice-free oligopolies that overlord their content and privacy; the fools deserve it.

      They're not oligopolies - that would imply they somehow came to dominate the market on their own. They're government-granted monopolies. Net neutrality is a government solution to a government-created problem. Basically the government whose initial regulation of cable and phone companies created this screwed up monopoly ISP system in the first place, now claim the solution to their first screwup

      • Even if it were true that the current situation is due to government mandated monopolies, which it isnâ(TM)t, it isnâ(TM)t true that âoeeven more regulationâ cannot be the best solution. Whether monopolies exist due to laws, competition/lack thereof or consolidation, itâ(TM)s appropriate for the government to ensure customers are protected from companiesâ(TM) insatiable greed. This is especially true for companies holding the keys to a resource as important as the internet.

  • and not the electric chair instead.

  • We are going to be spending year rebuilding and improving our democracy and civil society. By analogy, no matter how much you weed, they keep coming back. So now we go back, elect civil folks and make it better.
    Get mad. Don't get mad. Get motivated, be depressed. It doesn't matter. We must do the work. We just have to go out and select some sane and civil folks for office and stay involved so that things don't drift off course again. NO magic - just dedicated work. A careful dedication to have sa
    • the people had their democracy taken from them. now that corps are 'people', our amount of money donations don't even come close to the 'corp citizens' (united) amount of BRIBERY they are capable of.

      unless something fundamental changes, we truly are fucked for the long-run, in this country. regular people have no say anymore, both R and D are in the pocket of big business (R a little more; plus they think they're the jesus party and lots of their base are too dumb to realize its all a con). the R's don't

      • Buck up dude. A little personal action goes a long way. Call your congressperson, it will make you feel better.
    • I'm running for election in my own district. Going to meet with the Young Democrats Club tomorrow evening, although they have a speaker already; trying to get more Facebook likes and more than two Crowdpac donations (or they can write checks). After a month I have over a hundred followers, two donations, and I'm starting to run into strangers on the street who recognize my name.

      2018 is going to be an interesting year.

  • Was it really useful to shoehorn "Ex-Verizon lawyer" in the title of this story? Everyone already knows that you're an Apple shill and that you're getting your marching orders from them. Maybe you could serve your masters with a little more subtlety and once in a while pretend that you're just reporting news instead of shoving your propaganda down the readers throats?

    There's people here that have been reading Slashdot since before you learned to speak, show some respect and don't make it another Huffington

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I think it's absolutely relevant to show that Ajit has long been in the pocket of big telecom. Since when has Net Neutrality become Apple astroturfing? What are you smoking, and can I have some?

      • by lucm ( 889690 )

        All the previous FCC chairman have worked for ISP and telcos. There is nothing special or new about this guy.

        Also I think it's relevant to show that Beauhd is in the pocket of Apple and only started posting about Net Neutrality since Apple came out against it, so what's the problem?

  • Your time at Verizon is over. Now you must choose between nice clean job at non profit or designated shitting lobby.

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