New FCC Chairman is a strong advocate for and defender of free speech, freedom of the press, and an internet free of government oversight. Ajit Pai has worked to expose the dangers of the FCC’s ‘politicization’ under the Obama Regime since he joined the agency.
Free Beacon Pai gained notice in 2014 when he exposed the FCC’s plan to “police the newsroom” through a study that would have sent government-backed researchers into nearly 300 newsrooms to learn how they decide which stories to run.
Pai believes in free markets and less regulation and has promised to “fire up the weed whacker” against net neutrality rules finalized under the Obama administration.
Management of the internet is, arguably, one of the most important questions of the 21st century,” Pai told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview in 2014. “Thus far, my own view is that it’s thrived precisely because government has taken a more hands-off role. If the government decides to take a more hands-on role, that’s something for everybody—but especially conservatives—to take a look at.”
The first FCC commissioner on Twitter, Pai is adept at using social media to shine a light on government overreach and cronyism. In addition to ending the FCC’s study into “perceived station bias” in newsrooms across the country, Pai helped endan offshoot of the Fairness Doctrine, an anti-free speech policy that required radio and television outlets to air opposing views on political issues.
Pai also exposed how the FCC kept quietabout details of a $10 million fraud scheme in a cell phone subsidy program until the program was expanded.
Additionally, Pai revealed how the “designated entity” (DE) program was perverted from its intended purpose during the Obama era. The program, designed to help small businesses compete in wireless auctions, was used to give discounts to Democratic donors.
As chairman, Pai will prioritize policies to expand high-speed broadband, a move he said will boost the “American can-do spirit” in the digital age.