Ajit Pai joins American Enterprise Institute and a agency that invests in ISPs

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wearing a mask at a Senate hearing.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says goodbye to members of a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee afters testifying throughout a listening to on June 16, 2020, in Washington, DC. (credit score: Getty Photos | Chip Somodevilla)

After 4 years of operating the Federal Communications Fee, Ajit Pai is now working for a conservative assume tank and a private-equity agency.

The American Enterprise Institute on Friday introduced that the ex-FCC chairman “is becoming a member of AEI as a visiting fellow” and “will work on points pertaining to expertise and innovation, telecommunications regulation, and market-based incentives for funding in broadband deployment.”

Earlier final week, Searchlight Capital Companions introduced the appointment of Pai “as a accomplice and a potential board member of quite a few Searchlight’s present investments within the expertise, media, and telecommunications sectors.” Searchlight’s present investments embody two Web service suppliers within the US, Consolidated Communications and Ziply Fiber, and several other ISPs abroad.

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T-Cell screwups brought on nationwide outage however FCC isn’t punishing provider

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Enlarge / T-Cell commercial in New York Metropolis’s Occasions Sq. on October 15, 2020. (credit score: Getty Photographs | SOPA Photographs)

The Federal Communications Fee has completed investigating T-Cell for a community outage that Chairman Ajit Pai referred to as “unacceptable.” However as an alternative of punishing the cell provider, the FCC is merely issuing a public discover to “remind” telephone firms of “industry-accepted finest practices” that would have prevented the T-Cell outage.

After the 12-hour nationwide outage on June 15 disrupted texting and calling providers, together with 911 emergency calls, Pai wrote that “The T-Cell community outage is unacceptable” and that “the FCC is launching an investigation. We’re demanding solutions—and so are American customers.”

Pai has a historical past of speaking powerful with carriers and never following up with punishments that may have a better deterrence impact than sternly worded warnings. That seems to be what occurred once more yesterday when the FCC introduced the findings from its investigation into T-Cell. Pai stated that “T-Cell’s outage was a failure” as a result of the provider did not comply with finest practices that would have prevented or minimized it, however he introduced no punishment. The matter seems to be closed primarily based on yesterday’s announcement, however we contacted Chairman Pai’s workplace at this time to ask if any punishment of T-Cell is forthcoming. We’ll replace this text if we get a response.

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Ajit Pai says he’ll assist Trump impose crackdown on Twitter and Fb

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talking at a press convention on October 1, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit score: Getty Photos | Mark Wilson )

Federal Communications Fee Chairman Ajit Pai is backing President Donald Trump’s proposal to restrict authorized protections for social media web sites that block or modify content material posted by customers. Pai’s views on the matter have been unknown till right now when he issued an announcement saying that he’ll open a rule-making course of to make clear that, regardless of the First Modification, social media firms should not have “particular immunity” for his or her content-moderation choices.

“Social media firms have a First Modification proper to free speech,” Pai mentioned. “However they don’t have a First Modification proper to a particular immunity denied to different media shops, reminiscent of newspapers and broadcasters.”

Trump’s try and punish social media web sites like Twitter and Fb for alleged anti-conservative bias landed on the FCC as a result of Trump had the Nationwide Telecommunications and Data Administration (NTIA) petition the FCC to difficulty a brand new interpretation of Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act. This US legislation says that suppliers and customers of interactive laptop providers shall not be held accountable for “any motion voluntarily taken in good religion to limit entry to or availability of fabric that the supplier or consumer considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or in any other case objectionable, whether or not or not such materials is constitutionally protected.” The legislation additionally says that no supplier or consumer of an interactive laptop service “shall be handled because the writer or speaker of any info offered by one other info content material supplier.”

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Ajit Pai urges states to cap jail telephone charges after he helped kill FCC caps

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Enlarge / A phone in a jail. (credit score: Getty Photographs | Picture Supply)

Federal Communications Fee Chairman Ajit Pai is urging state governments to impose value caps on jail telephone calls, three years after Pai helped kill Obama-era FCC guidelines that restricted the worth of such of calls.

Pai yesterday despatched a letter to the Nationwide Affiliation of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), saying it’s as much as state governments to cap intrastate calling costs as a result of the FCC lacks authority to take action. (NARUC represents state utility regulators.) Pai wrote:

Given the alarming proof of egregiously excessive intrastate inmate calling charges and the FCC’s lack of jurisdiction right here, I’m calling on states to train their authority and, in the end, deal with this urgent downside. Particularly, I implore NARUC and state regulatory commissions to take motion on intrastate inmate calling providers charges to allow extra inexpensive communications for the incarcerated and their households.

Pai’s letter didn’t point out that his personal actions helped cement the established order by which the FCC doesn’t regulate intrastate costs. It is well-established that the FCC can regulate interstate charges, these affecting calls that cross state traces. Pai is even proposing to decrease the FCC-imposed charge caps on interstate calls from 25¢ to 16¢ per minute in an order the FCC will vote on subsequent month. However Pai’s plan would not restrict costs on intrastate calls, these by which the prisoner and the individual on the opposite finish of the road are in the identical state.

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