Ajit Pai


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FCC Tells Phone Carriers To Have A System Ready To Combat Robocalls By 2019

FCC tells phone carriers to have a system ready to combat robocalls by 2019Jacob Siegal / BGR - 1 year ago
  • Robocalls have become so frequent and unavoidable in recent months that US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai this week sent a letter to thirteen major phone carrier CEOs ordering them to have a system in place to handle the issue that affects millions of Americans daily by 2019 at the latest.
  • According to Reuters, Pai asked for companies to start using a “call authentication system” to stop the usage of spoofed numbers back in May, and six months later, he wants to know how those efforts have been proceeding.
  • In his letters, Pai specifically cites Sprint, CenturyLink, Charter and others, as companies he is concerned do “not yet have concrete plans to implement a robust call authentication framework.“ That call framework “digitally validates the handoff of phone calls passing through the complex web of networks, allowing the phone company of the consumer receiving the call to verify that a call is from the person supposedly making it.”
  • YouMail, a company which blocks and tracks robocalls, estimates that 5.1 billion unwanted calls were received in October, up from 3.4 billion in April.

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Ajit Pai Killed Rules That Could Have Helped Florida Recover From Hurricane

Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from hurricaneJon Brodkin / Ars Technica - 1 year ago
  • The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay "completely unacceptable."
  • But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's statement ignored his agency's deregulatory blitz that left consumers without protections designed to ensure restoration of service after disasters, according to longtime telecom attorney and consumer advocate Harold Feld.
  • The Obama-era FCC wrote new regulations to protect consumers after Verizon tried to avoid rebuilding wireline phone infrastructure in Fire Island, New York, after Hurricane Sandy hit the area in October 2012.

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FCC Tells Court It Has No “legal Authority” To Impose Net Neutrality Rules

FCC tells court it has no “legal authority” to impose net neutrality rulesJon Brodkin / Ars Technica - 1 year ago
  • The Federal Communications Commission opened its defense of its net neutrality repeal yesterday, telling a court that it has no authority to keep the net neutrality rules in place.
  • Chairman Ajit Pai's FCC argued that broadband is not a "telecommunications service" as defined in federal law, and therefore it must be classified as an information service instead.
  • "Given these classification decisions, the Commission determined that the Communications Act does not endow it with legal authority to retain the former conduct rules," the FCC said in a summary of its defense filed yesterday in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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Trump Administration Sues California Over Tough Net Neutrality Law

Trump administration sues California over tough net neutrality lawJon Porter / The Verge - 1 year ago
  • The Justice Department has hit back against California’s attempt to restore net neutrality rules with a lawsuit that alleges state legislators are attempting to “subvert the Federal Government’s deregulatory approach.” The suit was announced jointly by representatives of the Justice Department and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (via USA Today).
  • As the most populous US state and home to many of the world’s largest tech companies, California’s net neutrality rules, passed into law Sunday, hold significant sway.
  • California isn’t the only state that’s attempting to restore net neutrality.
  • “Once we establish California as a model of a state taking action, other states may follow, and then I think you may see some of corporate America say ‘OK, let’s have a federal law, because we don’t want to have to do different things in different states,’” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference in San Francisco, Politico reported.

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California’s ‘gold Standard’ Net Neutrality Becomes Law

California’s ‘gold standard’ net neutrality becomes lawMarguerite Reardon / CNET - 1 year ago
  • The Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but told the newspaper it expects to file its lawsuit Monday morning.
  • The legislation, which is opposed by the broadband industry, which considers it too restrictive, had been sitting on Brown's desk since early September after it passed the State Assembly.
  • California is just one of several states looking to enact its own rules governing an open internet, after the Federal Communications Commission, under Chairman Ajit Pai, rolled back the Obama-era net neutrality rules in June.

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NYT Sues FCC, Says It Hid Evidence Of Russia Meddling In Net Neutrality Repeal

NYT sues FCC, says it hid evidence of Russia meddling in net neutrality repealJon Brodkin / Ars Technica - 1 year ago
  • The New York Times has sued the Federal Communications Commission over the agency's refusal to release records that the Times believes might shed light on Russian interference in the net neutrality repeal proceeding.
  • The Times made a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) request in June 2017 for FCC server logs related to the system for accepting public comments on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality rules.
  • This led to a months-long process in which the Times repeatedly narrowed its public records request in order to overcome the FCC's various objections.

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AT&T Loses Years-long Quest To Cripple FTC Authority Over Telecoms

AT&T loses years-long quest to cripple FTC authority over telecomsJon Brodkin / Ars Technica - 2 years ago
  • AT&T's years-long quest to avoid punishment for throttling unlimited data plans suffered a blow today when a court said that AT&T cannot escape the jurisdiction of the Federal Trade Commission.
  • The FTC sued AT&T in October 2014 in US District Court in Northern California, alleging that AT&T promised unlimited data to wireless customers and then throttled its speeds by as much as 90 percent.
  • Second, the decision affirms the FTC's authority to regulate broadband providers even when those providers offer separate common carrier services, such as landline or mobile phone service.
  • The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules was premised partially on the idea that the FTC would pick up the regulatory slack on net neutrality.

FCC Boss Being Investigated By His Own Agency For Being Too Cozy With The Industry He Regulates

Karl Bode / Techdirt - 2 years ago
  • If you watched Pai's rushed repeal of net neutrality there really shouldn't be any question about where Pai's loyalties lie, and it certainly isn't with smaller companies, healthy competition, transparency, openness, innovation, or American consumers.
  • So for those paying attention, it's probably not too surprising to see news that the FCC's own Inspector General is investigating the agency boss for being a bit too cozy with the giant companies he's supposed to be holding accountable:
  • "Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to greatly increase the number of stations they own.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Government-run 5G Network Would Be ‘costly And Counterproductive’

FCC chairman Ajit Pai: Government-run 5G network would be ‘costly and counterproductive’Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat - 2 years ago
  • Following disclosure of a National Security Council proposal that the U.S.
  • Over the next three years, 5G networks are expected to bring unprecedented speed, bandwidth, and scope to wireless communications, enabling cars, factories, and cities to be remotely controlled.
  • Citing both speed and expenses, Pai’s statement unambiguously calls for keeping 5G network development in the private sector. According to Pai, experience has proved that “the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment” in the wireless space. “Any federal effort to construct a nationalized 5G network,” Pai says, “would be a costly and counterproductive distraction from the policies we need to help the United States win the 5G future.” Pai believes that the government should sell wireless spectrum and set rules for private networks, not build or run the network itself.
  • By contrast, the NSC proposal focuses on the security and economic risks posed by Chinese hardware within a carrier-built American 5G network.

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The FCC Looks Back On A Disastrous Year Through Rose-tinted Glasses

The FCC looks back on a disastrous year through rose-tinted glassesDevin Coldewey / TechCrunch - 2 years ago
  • From the furore engulfing the FCC this last year you might think that the agency had accomplished little but appalling privacy advocates and dancing for its patrons, the telecoms.
  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released a list of “accomplishments,” such as they are, which serves to remind us of the many thankless items taking up the bulk of the agency’s time (and requiring a great deal of hard work by its many employees), but also of the malign agenda that has unfolded continuously since the election.
  • With such a dire-sounding introduction, I should be fair and note that the Chairman’s stated priority of closing the broadband divide has been pursued with some vigor.
  • The first items listed in Pai’s report (indeed among the first passed) are the Mobility and Connect America funds, which will disburse hundreds of millions (eventually billions) with the specific goal of establishing high-speed wireless coverage and fixed broadband in underserved areas.

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FCC Admits Mobile Can’t Replace Home Internet, Won’t Lower Speed Standard

FCC admits mobile can’t replace home Internet, won’t lower speed standardJon Brodkin / Ars Technica - 2 years ago
  • The Federal Communications Commission is making its latest determination of whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans quickly enough, and there are a few notable tidbits from what we know about the report so far.
  • The FCC today released a fact sheet on the draft Broadband Progress Report and a statement by Chairman Ajit Pai, but not the actual draft report.
  • Pai's FCC has determined that mobile broadband is not a full substitute for home Internet services.
  • Separately, Pai's draft report claims that both fixed and mobile Internet deployment worsened because of the FCC's Title II net neutrality rules.

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Hawaii Governor, FCC Vow Probe Into False Missile Alarm

Hawaii governor, FCC vow probe into false missile alarm CNBC - 2 years ago
  • Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, December 14, 2017.
  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and Hawaii governor David Ige vowed to investigate a false emergency alert that warned an incoming ballistic missile was on the verge of striking the island Saturday morning.
  • The mistaken alert, which was attributed human error, warned that a projectile was heading for the Hawaii.
  • Michael Kucharek, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, said NORAD and the U.S.

FCC Issues Final Version Of Order Eliminating Net Neutrality Rules

Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch - 2 years ago
  • The FCC has released the final text of the order it voted on last month that is set to undo the net neutrality rules established in 2015.
  • The version you might have read through ahead of the vote was a near-final draft, released as part of Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to expose a bit more of the inner workings of the Commission; changes will likely have been made, but without close scrutiny it may not be clear what those changes are just yet.
  • In addition to the full, final text of the rule, also released today is Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s full dissenting statement, which lays out in greater detail her reasons for opposing “Restoring Internet Freedom.” Other Commissioners may add their own more detailed support documents as well.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Cancels CES Appearance After Reportedly Receiving Death Threats

James Farrell / SiliconANGLE - 2 years ago
  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai will not be attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas after allegedly receiving death threats.
  • The man who controversially once said he would take a “weed whacker” to former net neutrality regulations has met with fierce resistance since from consumers and activists and much of the world’s media.
  • Since the commission voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, resistance has solidified, with the FCC expected to find itself involved in a number of legal battles in 2018.
  • The current threat that will mean no FCC chairman will give his annual CES chat, a change that was confirmed on Wednesday.

It Ain’t Over: Net Neutrality Advocates Are Preparing A Massive New War Against Trump’s FCC

Tony Romm / ReCode - 2 years ago
  • The fight is coming to the courts, to Congress, and even to the 2018 election.
  • The fiercest advocates for net neutrality are readying a new war in the nation’s capital, hoping to restore the rules that the Trump administration just eliminated — and galvanize a new generation of younger, web-savvy voters in the process.
  • Not even a month after the Federal Communications Commission voted to scrap its requirement that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, an armada of tech startups, consumer activists and state attorneys general are preparing to take the agency to court.
  • The expected, early challengers include crafts marketplace Etsy, which confirmed to Recode this week that it would soon sue the FCC. Lobbying groups representing companies like Facebook and Google also plan to intervene in some fashion.

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Bails On Speaking At CES After Killing Net Neutrality

Blair Hanley Frank / VentureBeat - 2 years ago
  • Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has bailed on speaking at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, shortly after spearheading the agency’s move to dismantle net neutrality protections.
  • The Consumer Technology Association, an industry group that operates the show in Las Vegas every year, announced the cancellation in an emailed statement.
  • Pai was supposed to get interviewed by Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the CTA, alongside Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Wheeler was on his way out, however — his scheduled interview with Shapiro came shortly before the inauguration of Donald Trump, who named Pai chairman.

Comcast To Be “unleashed” On Rivals When NBC Merger Conditions Expire

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica - 2 years ago
  • Yesterday's repeal of net neutrality rules isn't the only good news Comcast is getting these days.
  • Smaller cable companies that compete against Comcast are worried that Comcast will raise the price for carrying "must-have" programming such as regional sports networks, NBC's local TV stations, and NBC's national programming.
  • The FCC should impose new rules to essentially replace the arbitration conditions that expire in January, cable company RCN told the Federal Communications Commission in a filing this week.
  • "Because the rationale supporting harm to competition and consumers in the Comcast-NBCU Order continues, an 'unleashed' Comcast-NBCU is certain to wreak havoc in the market, undermining rival distributors and harming consumers throughout the country," RCN wrote.

The Next Front In The Net Neutrality War: Feds Versus The States

Tony Romm / ReCode - 2 years ago
  • In the hours after the Trump administration scrapped rules that required internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, a handful of states mobilized in a bid to reverse the decision by the Federal Communications Commission in court — or perhaps write their own new regulations as a replacement.
  • To start, a coalition of state attorneys general, led by New York, pledged on Thursday that they would sue the FCC to stop its rollback from taking place.
  • “I hope that most states and localities will not waste time and resources attempting to push the boundaries, but I realize that some will do so regardless,” said commissioner Michael O’Rielly before he and his colleagues voted on the repeal.
  • “I expect the agency to be vigilant in identifying and pursuing these cases,” O’Rielly said.

Net Neutrality Vote: What Do We Do Now?

Chris Burns / SlashGear - 2 years ago
  • The FCC just voted 3/2 in favor of a declaratory ruling which effectively destroys Net Neutrality protections in the USA.
  • Former Verizon attorney Ajit Pai brought this repeal of rules to the public.
  • In reality, the “freedom” bit is there for AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, and Charter – not internet users.
  • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says they can't be competitive because of regulations.

Ajit Pai Nears His Biggest Win With Net Neutrality Repeal

CECILIA KANG / New York TImes - 2 years ago
  • Small tech companies, consumer groups and many celebrities have been up in arms for weeks about a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle landmark rules that guarantee an open internet.
  • But in one speech, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the agency, called the complaints “hysteria” and “hot air.”
  • “Ajit Pai has the potential to be one of most consequential commissioners in the agency’s history,” said Gus Hurwitz, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law, who is an expert in telecom policy and who supports Mr. Pai’s proposal.
  • The child of immigrants from India who settled in Kansas, Mr. Pai was lauded by Republicans and Democrats when he was appointed in 2011 by President Obama to the F.C.C.