Larry Downes: “Why Is The Media Smearing New FCC Chair Ajit Pai As The Enemy Of Net Neutrality?” (Forbes)
The net neutrality misinformation bandwagon has opened an ugly new front. As fellow Forbes contributor Harold Furchtgott-Roth reported, President Trump has named Ajit Pai, one of the current members of the FCC, as its new Chairman. Unlike many of the outsider and largely unknown candidates the President has nominated for positions in his government, Pai is very much a lifer when it comes to technology and communications issues. He has been on the Commission for five years, following stints in the agency’s Office of Legal Counsel, as legal clerk to a federal judge, senior counsel to two U.S. Senators and as senior attorney in the Justice Department. […] His FCC is likely to be consistent, professional, and predictable. But to judge from the vast majority of media postings about Pai’s promotion to FCC Chairman, it’s—once again—the end of the world as we know it.