Grumble Pai: FCC boss told by House Dems to try the novel concept of putting US folks first, big biz second | 2/4/2019 | Staff
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The chairs of the US House of Reps' commerce and technology committees have picked a fight with FCC boss Ajit Pai, accusing him of being a corporate stooge.

In the letter [PDF], Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) accuse the watchdog's head Ajit Pai of having "failed repeatedly to act in the public interest and placed the interest of corporations over consumers."

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They also make it clear that they intend to use their new positions as chairs - following the Democrats takeover of the House in midterm elections – to press for more information on the telecoms regulator's processes. The letter asks for additional information on various items of FCC work including robocalls and internet access.

The letter also makes it plain that there seems to be a personal beef between the chairs and Pai: "Not only have you have failed on numerous occasions to provide Democratic members of this Committee with responses to their inquiries, you have also repeatedly denied or delayed responding to legitimate information requests from the public about agency operations," the letter chastises.

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"These actions have denied the public of a full and fair understanding of how the FCC under your leadership has arrived at public policy decisions that impact Americans every day in communities across the country."

At the same time as the letter – which Pallone's office promoted in a press release titled "It’s Oversight Time" – the congressman announced he would reintroduce a bill [PDF] that would direct the FCC to do more about robocalls and given consumers the right to stop calls and require incoming calls to have caller ID before they are routed to their phones.

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Pai has repeatedly claimed that robocalls are one of his key priorities, especially since they represent the number one...
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