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. The offending party typically agrees to change its behavior and may or may not also pay a fine. Until now, consent decrees were signed only by the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. The full Commission was not involved in the process. Moving forward, Chairman Pai wants the Commissioners to vote on rule enforcement. "I have instructed the Enforcement Bureau that starting today, any consent decree settling a Notice of Apparent Liability or Forfeiture Order issued by the full Commission must now be approved by a vote of the full Commission. This will help promote Commissioners’ involvement in and accountability for important enforcement decisions," said Pai in a statement. The change is being put into effect immediately. Under former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the Enforcement Bureau targeted and fined wireless companies and other industry players fairly often. This new policy gives Pai's Republican-dominated Commission a chance to intercede if it disagrees with the Enforcement Bureau's punishments.
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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.
Feb 2, 2017
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.
Nov 21, 2017
Ajit Pai, the Republican Chairman of the FCC, today said he intends to abolish the net neutrality regulations put in place by the previous administration in favor of a "light touch" regulatory approach. "In 2015 the FCC ...
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.
No Fines - No enforcement