FCC Chairman Pai Pledges to Be More Transparent
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he hopes to make the agency more transparent and accessible to the American public. Primarily, Pai wants to ensure that FCC documents are available earlier in the process ahead of votes and/or adoption by the Commission. "The text of a document that the FCC votes on at its monthly meetings is sent to Commissioners at least three weeks before the vote, but it isn't released publicly until after the vote takes place. This is precisely the opposite of transparency," said Pai. "The best that average Americans will get is selective disclosures authorized by the Chairman's Office. More often, the public is kept completely in the dark." Beginning immediately, Pai will make Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) and Reports and Order available to the public the same time they are given to Commissioners. This gives the public time to assess any proposed rules before the FCC discusses them. Pai is piloting this program to see how it works ahead of the Commission's scheduled Feb. 23 meeting. Pai also hopes to make sure all agenda items for monthly Commission meetings are available well in advance of this meetings. If these tests go well, Pai will make it FCC policy. "My goal is a simple but powerful one: equal access to the administrative process," concluded Pai.
FCC's Ajit Pai Wants Net Neutrality Vote Delayed
FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mike O'Reilly, both Republicans, today asked the FCC to delay its planned vote on net neutrality rules. The FCC is widely expected to vote on the proposed rules at its open meeting scheduled for Feb.
Trump Renominates Pai to Serve As FCC Chair
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
President Trump Picks Republican Ajit Pai to Chair FCC
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai today said President Donald Trump has selected him to serve as the FCC's 34th Chairman. "I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States," said Pai in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
FCC Chairman Insists All Commissioners Vote on Rule Enforcement
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today put another change into place that will impact how the agency enforces regulations. The FCC uses what it calls consent decrees to settle investigations against companies and/or bad actors.
What is the point?
Sweet, so you're gonna let the people know in advance...
Kudos Ajit Pai, Kudos.