Donald Trump had named Ajit Pai as the new FCC (Federal Communications Commission) head. Pai was a Verizon Lawyer and an FCC Commissioner since 2012. During his time at the FCC, he was against many of the agency’s rulings made under the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. He strongly opposed privacy rules that prohibit broadband service providers to share customers’ information without their consent. He was in favour of big mergers such as AT&T and Time Warner. Pai has mentioned in the past that there isn’t any market failure when it comes to telecom services in the United States. Let us remind Pai that there are still American citizens that paid a hefty price to get cable companies to wire their homes for internet.
When Trump got elected, Pai said that “We need to fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation and job creation.” This statement shows that Trump has put the wrong guy to fight for customer rights. The fact that Verizon, AT&T and other big telecom companies are happy for his nomination shows that he’s there to fight for the big guys rather than for US citizens. We will see what he’s able to do in regards to the telecom policy.