Transition 2016-17

President Donald Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate key additions to his Administration ...

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What More Do We Know About Ajit Pai’s Agenda?

Location:
Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, United States
Recommendation:
2

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai delivered his first major policy speech as Chairman on March 15th, in remarks titled, “Bringing the Benefits of the Digital Age to All Americans.” At Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pai discussed his guiding principles for his regulatory approach as FCC Chairman, and concluded with practical policies he will be championing to expand broadband access nationwide.

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A Little Part of the First Amendment Dies at FCC Oversight Hearing

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday, March 8. A good time was had by all. The committee’s senators highlighted a wide range of issues during the 2+ hour hearing. Here we focus on the First Amendment, broadband deployment, network neutrality, privacy, and the future makeup of the FCC.

FCC: I Do Believe We’re on the Eve of Destruction.

Location:
New Networks Institute, United States
Recommendation:
1

On Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission held its first official meeting with the new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai. And like a polluted stream filled with dead fish floating belly up, the meeting just added to the stench from the FCC we’ve seen in this ‘transition’.

It’s time bring US broadband subsidies up to world standards

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Count yourself unlucky if you are a US telecommunications customer, because you have been funding a system that is far behind international standards.

Decoding the Doublespeak of FCC Chairman Pai

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Washington Post noted that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai likes to talk the talk of bridging the digital divide—during his first speech as FCC chairman, he said it would be a top agency priority. But when the FCC released his anti-Lifeline action days later, “he opened another gap,” wrote the Post, “this time between his words and his actions.” It’s the sort of head fake that’s familiar to those who’ve followed Pai’s career as a lead apologist for the phone companies he once worked for—and still serves.

Help the poor by dropping Lifeline

Location:
American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

If the Lifeline program were ended at the federal level, states would likely need to change their systems as well. That would be complicated, but it is time to get telephone companies and telephone regulators out of the business of public assistance, leaving it to government agencies that are designed to be experts in that field.

Republicans are ready to take down the FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Some Republicans have long hoped to turn the FCC into a toothless management office.

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Is This What Transparency Looks Like?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

On February 2, new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said, "I want this Commission to be as open and accessible as possible to the American people. I want us to do a better job of communicating with those we are here to serve" while announcing a new effort to make the agency more transparent. [We covered the news.] The next day, in what some call a “Friday News Dump,” Chairman Pai decided to rescind and hide facts previously released by the Commission. Cecilia Kang wrote in the New York Times, “In total, as the chairman of the FCC, Pai released about a dozen actions in the last week, many buried in the agency’s website and not publicly announced, stunning consumer advocacy groups and telecom analysts.”

FCC Chairman Pai Statement On Revoking Midnight Regulations

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

In the waning days of the last Administration, the Federal Communications Commission's Bureaus and Offices released a series of controversial orders and reports. In some cases, Commissioners were given no advance notice whatsoever of these midnight regulations. In other cases, they were issued over the objection of two of the four Commissioners. And in all cases, their release ran contrary to the wishes expressed by the leadership of our congressional oversight committees. These last-minute actions, which did not enjoy the support of the majority of Commissioners at the time they were taken, should not bind us going forward. Accordingly, they are being revoked.

Ajit Pai can restore regulatory humility to the FCC

Location:
Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studi, Washington, DC, 20015, United States
Recommendation:
3

As one of his first actions in office, President Trump selected Ajit Pai to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. It was a phenomenal choice. C

Make The FCC A Great Place To Work Again

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission’s outmoded structure contributes to employee dissatisfaction. The issues before the FCC contemplate a converged world, but its siloed organizational structure limits the ability of staff not only to work across bureaus, but to think intelligently and conceptually.

Expect FCC Reform Announcement Feb 2

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission announced that it would unveil "significant process reform," February 2. The measure is supposed to improve the transparency of FCC rulemakings. There will not be a livestream so if you want the details on this one you're going have to bring your popcorn out to the FCC's headquarters.

Can we modernize the FCC?

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

A new structure would include a bureau of economics that analyzes markets and conducts regulatory impact assessments, a bureau of engineering that assesses technologies and is responsible for radio spectrum and equipment licensing, a competition bureau that enforces rules that protect liberal markets, and a consumer protection bureau. The first two bureaus are all about analysis, and the latter two are all about enforcement, with the engineering bureau playing a significant enforcement role with respect to radio spectrum and equipment.

In Trump’s Early Days, News Media Finds Competing Narratives

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

During his first 11 days in office, President Donald Trump has provided news outlets with plenty of material, at all hours of the morning and night. But his maelstrom of activity — the bold executive orders, the fiery Twitter posts, the brazen speeches — has also exposed, and perhaps exacerbated, ideological differences. For those devouring news about the administration, the choice of narratives has become starker, with brighter lines drawn around the content.

With Trump, Twitter transition stirs confusion

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

The handoff of federal agencies' social media accounts to the Trump administration is sparking controversy and complicating the transition.

GOP expects sweeping change at Trump’s FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Republicans are eager to turn the page at the Federal Communications Commission after eight years of policies under President Barack Obama that they say have stifled innovation and burdened the tech sector. President Trump’s appointment of Ajit Pai as FCC chairman has raised hopes that many of the rules and regulations enacted under President Obama — including the controversial network neutrality rules — will soon be on the chopping block.

Indiana State Senator Brandt Hershman Is Front Runner For FCC GOP Slot

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Ajit Pai’s promotion to Federal Communications Commission chairman leaves the Republicans with a 2-1 majority at the agency for the foreseeable future, easing the pressure on President Donald Trump to fill the commission’s two vacant commission seats. But the jockeying for Trump’s nod for the additional slots has already begun.

Statement of Acting FTC Chairman Ohlhausen on Appointment by President Trump

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Donald Trump has designated Maureen K. Ohlhausen as Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission by a White House order. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018.

Remarks of Chairman Ajit Pai at FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

As I enter this new position, I want you to know that I value and respect each and every one of you. I may now have the fancy title of Chairman (although I urge you to call me Ajit), but the credit for our work primarily belongs to you.

Trump’s nominee to lead Commerce Department clears key Senate panel

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW Room 4830, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department, cleared a key Senate panel with bipartisan support, signaling an easy path to confirmation.

Comcast, AT&T, and ISP lobbyists are excited about Trump’s FCC chair

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast, AT&T, and industry lobbyist groups representing Internet service provider are heaping praise on Ajit Pai, who was appointed Federal Communications Commission chairman by President Donald Trump yesterday.

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Reactions to Ajit Pai Being Designated as FCC Chairman

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

On January 23, It was announced that President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai as the next Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been an FCC Commissioner since 2012, and therefore did not need a nomination hearing or confirmation vote in the Senate to become the Chairman. Chairman Pai will need to be reconfirmed in the Senate in 2017 before receiving a new five-year term.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Appoints Acting General Counsel

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the appointment of Brendan Carr as the Commission’s Acting General Counsel.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Announces Staff Appointments

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced staff appointments to the Office of the Chairman.

Third Breitbart alum joins Trump administration

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Breitbart’s national security editor will become the latest employee of the right-wing website to join the Trump Administration. Sebastian Gorka will likely serve on Trump’s National Security Council.

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No Time To Waste

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Word on the street is that the Trump Federal Communications Commission transition team has submitted its report to Administration higher-ups and that it has been largely or wholly accepted. What we know of its recommendations, which have not and may never be released as such, makes for awful news. It sounds like an always-on green light for more mergers and acquisitions than ever and for such a deregulatory approach that our media and telecommunications conglomerates will be encouraged to build out monopoly markets across the land. That means one-sixth of our economy will lack meaningful oversight to protect the common good, a.k.a. the public interest.

New FCC boss seen as friend to business, not so much to consumers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

President Donald Trump named Ajit Pai to take over as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Chairman Pai, a Republican, has served on the five-member commission since 2012, and no one questions his smarts or his grasp of complex telecom issues. Unlike some other Trump appointees, this one knows his stuff.

President Trump taps net neutrality critic Ajit Pai to lead the FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
5

President Trump has named Ajit Pai, an advocate of deregulation and a critic of the government's network neutrality rules, as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Public Knowledge Opposes Rep Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Nomination for OMB Director

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Public Knowledge joins a coalition of consumer, labor, small business, and environmental groups in a letter opposing the nomination of Rep Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as Director of the Office of Management and Budget.