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.
Feb 8, 2017
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.
Mar 7, 2017
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.
Dec 14, 2017
The FCC today voted on party lines to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The vote was led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was supported by his fellow Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O'Reilly.
Apr 26, 2017
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, today outlined his plan to remove the Title II classification from broadband services and kill off net neutrality laws put in place by the Commission two years ago. In a sometimes fiery and heavily partisan statement, Pai suggested that the previous Commission made an incredible mistake by re-classifying broadband under Title II and installing bright line rules that could not be broken.
What is the point?
Sweet, so you're gonna let the people know in advance...
Kudos Ajit Pai, Kudos.