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Ajit Pai: I don't get it

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Ajit Pai

 

 

The FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, defended the abolition of net neutrality regulation in the United States in the following terms, which imply that, in a duopoly, we have an adequate choice.


Pai added that he has empowered the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to police internet service providers “for anticompetitive acts and unfair or deceptive practices,” and that under the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, “internet service providers must make public more information about their network management practices.”

“They are required to make this information available either on their own website or on the FCC’s website. This information will allow consumers to make an informed decision about which internet service provider is best for them and give entrepreneurs the information they need as they develop new products and services,” Pai explained. “Our transparency rule will also help ensure that any problematic conduct by internet service providers is quickly identified and corrected.”

"To allow consumers to make an informed decision about which internet service provider is best for them".

So I have the information available to know which of my two, maybe three, carriers is best? And Pai has  thrown the means of correction out the window. How comforting. I feel better already.

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Timothy Denton is a lawyer by training who practices principally in telecommunications and Internet policy and domain name issues, with a strong concentration on explaining what the technology is and what it means.

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