By Scott Wallsten
Published in The Hill on February 17, 2017
New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has taken it on the chin recently, which should be expected considering that many of his views run contrary to the previous chairman’s.
But much of the criticism is overwrought.
Some aspects of his first few weeks were positive. Increasing transparency in the agency’s rule-making processes is long overdue. New ideas on closing the digital divide should be considered, hopefully with an eye toward cost-effectiveness.
On the more negative side of the ledger, however, the process by which the chairman took certain actions as well as retracting certain reports were not in keeping with promises to be more inclusive than his predecessor.
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