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What the new FCC Chief Ajit Pai means for the future of internet, net neutrality and Netflix




Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Privacy,
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Privacy,
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On Monday, President Donald Trump tapped Ajit Pai to head the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The appointment does not require congressional approval, since Pai was already a senior member of the regulatory agency. A long time Washington lawyer and regulator, Pai consistently voted against former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, including the proposal to establish Net Neutrality rules. Under the rules, internet companies are subjected to similar regulations the government put on on phone companies. In addition, broadband providers may not discriminatorily throttle or favor sites for commercial reasons. In addition, Pai’s agenda include tax breaks for startups and rural internet providers. He also wants to make it easier for emerging broadband companies to access existing utility infrastructure.

Host Larry Mantle sits down with Craig Aaron, President and CEO of Free Press, and Randolph May, President of the Free State Foundation about the past and future of internet in America.

Guests: 

Craig Aaron, President and CEO of Free Press, a nonpartisan organization advocating for universal internet access and diverse media ownership. He tweets @notaaroncraig

Randolph May, Founder and President of the Free State Foundation, a non-profit think tank promoting free market, limited government, and rule of law principles. He served as Associate General Counsel at the FCC