In his first days as President Trump’s pick to lead the Federal
Communications Commission, Ajit Pai has aggressively moved to roll
back consumer protection regulations created during the Obama
Mr. Pai took a first swipe at net neutrality rules designed to
ensure equal access to content on the internet. He stopped nine
companies from providing discounted high-speed internet service
to low-income individuals. He withdrew an effort to keep prison
phone rates down, and he scrapped a proposal to break open the
cable box market. […]
“With these strong-arm tactics, Chairman Pai is showing his true
stripes,” said Matt Wood, the policy director at the consumer
group Free Press.
“The public wants an F.C.C. that helps people,” he added.
“Instead, it got one that does favors for the powerful
corporations that its chairman used to work for.”
High-speed internet for low-income people, lowering usurious phone rates, breaking open the cable box market — who could be against these things? These aren’t liberal/conservative issues. This is just doing the bidding of major corporations.