House Dems Come for FCC Chair Ajit Pai
Democrats have spent two years frustrated by FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s unwillingness to address their concerns, but now that they are the controlling party they plan to change the dynamic. Two top Dems on Monday sent a letter to Pai detailing an extensive list of requests for documents about the agency’s efforts during the Trump administration, specifically asking the agency for documentation about its operations with regards to net neutrality, robocalls, and internet access, among other issues. "Under your leadership, the FCC has failed repeatedly to act in the public interest and placed the interest of corporations over consumers," wrote Congressmen Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Mike Doyle (D-PA), who Chairs the subcommittee on tech issues. "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. ... 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." Read the full letter here.