Ajit Pai Promised New Jobs and 'Better, Cheaper' Internet. His ISP Pals Have a Different Plan
During the push to repeal net neutrality in 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a lot of big promises. At the top of the list were assurances that if America would only revert back to “light-touch” regulation of the broadband industry (as the two-time Courage Award winner put it), we’d all see huge boosts in network investment, in new jobs, and in access to a “better, cheaper internet” for all Americans.
“It is time for the Internet once again to be driven by engineers and entrepreneurs and consumers, rather than lawyers and accountants and bureaucrats,” he said, on the day he voted to repeal the Obama-era rules. “It is time for us to act to bring faster, better, and cheaper Internet access to all Americans.”
During a visit this week to a nonprofit in Camden, New Jersey, the chairman bashed an effort by congressional Democrats to reinstate net neutrality, calling it a “political strategy” and not an effort to “solve a concrete problem.” “That’s what politicians in Washington do,” he said, “but I am focused on what I think American consumers’ primary concern is: getting better, cheaper internet access, and that’s what the FCC’s been focused on so far.”