Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

Ajit Pai: The Earnest Hero/Villain of Trump's FCC

In a city driven by the pursuit of power, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who was put in charge of the agency by President Donald Trump in 2017, seems more concerned with how, if at all, he should use his.

Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet. Behind the Scenes, It Became a Toxic Mess

Google's "Jigsaw" is a moonshot division formed in 2010, now thought of as an "elite think tank." Founded as Google Ideas, its goals included using technology to fight radicals from San Salvador to the Middle East; investigating human trafficking,

President Trump invites conservative tech critics to White House for 'social media summit'

Big Tech's political woes may only worsen after July 11, when the White House hosts a “social media summit” that could set the stage for even more scrutiny to come.

FCC Announces the Membership of Two BDAC Working Groups

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed members to serve on two Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) working groups: (1) the Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Job Skills and Training Opportunities working grou

Senator Warren, Rep Jayapal Investigate Reports that FCC Advisory Council is Dominated by Industry Insiders

Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, requesting more information about reports that the FCC's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Co

USDA Names Chad Rupe as Rural Utilities Service Administrator

President Donald Trump appointed Chad Rupe as Administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service. Rupe has served as Acting Administrator for the Rural Utilities Service since April 30.

President Trump Names Stephanie Grisham, Aide to First Lady, as White House Press Secretary

Stephanie Grisham, First Lady Melania Trump’s loyal and sometimes combative communications director, will replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary.

Next Century Cities Announces New Executive Director

Next Century Cities has selected a new executive director: Francella Ochillo. Most recently the Vice President of Policy and General Counsel for the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Ochillo is a digital rights advocate who is committed to expand

FCC Chairman Pai Forms Precision Agriculture Task Force

The Federal Communications Commission announces the formation of a new federal advisory committee, the Task Force for Reviewing Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States (Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force o

Just one agency should enforce antitrust law

No industry should be free from antitrust scrutiny, including big tech.