Ajit Pai Says He’s Not Going Anywhere
Should Democrats take over the House this midterm election, as many are predicting, it could mean a lot more oversight for the FCC. Democratic lawmakers have been critical of FCC Chair Ajit Pai over net neutrality and media ownership deregulation. However, Pai has said he isn’t going anywhere, regardless of who controls the lower chamber in Congress. An FCC spokesman told Multichannel News that Pai, who took over the post in January 2017, “plans to lead the FCC for the foreseeable future.” The Republican was appointed to the Commission by President Barack Obama in 2012, then named chair by Donald Trump in 2017. Pai was asked after the FCC’s October 23rd public meeting whether he planned to remain should the House flip. He replied that he “[couldn’t] speculate about hypothetical future election results that haven’t even come in yet, so, we’re staying the course.” Undoubtedly, Pai must be bracing himself. If Dems are victorious, they would have subpoena power and could potentially investigate the net neutrality comment docket among the many other issues they have with the Chairman. More here.