Net neutrality critic to lead FCC

Net neutrality critic to lead FCC

Ajit Pai, a vocal supporter of deregulation and a critic of net neutrality rules, was on Monday appointed as the next chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a spokesperson for the Trump administration confirmed.

Pai is an Indian-American, and his new position will provide him with control over the country’s most powerful telecommunications regulating body. He is widely expected to undo some of Barack Obama’s most significant policies in the field.

He was a staunch opponent of the Obama administration’s efforts aimed at shattering the dominance of some of the country’s biggest Internet providers, such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

After being named as FCC’s 34th chairman, Pai said, “I look forward to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.”

Pai is well-versed in the ins and outs of the country’s telecom law, and he has previously served Verizon and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Industry analysts widely expect the FCC to withdraw its net neutrality rules under Pai’s leadership. The controversial rules prevent Internet behemoths from unfairly benefiting themselves at the expense of smaller providers. Pai has repeatedly criticized the net neutrality rules as an example of government overreach.