FCC Chairman Ajit Pai received an award on Wednesday from a conservative media organization for his "Courage in Public Service". This is the second time Pai has been awarded "Courage" in 2018.
The award was presented by the Daily Caller News Foundation – the Tucker Carlson Daily Caller News Site, a nonprofit branch of Fox News, citing various threats that Pai and his family face this year in the face of fierce public discourse on net neutrality had received. The ceremony, which was only invited, is scheduled to take place after the funeral of former President George H.W. at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. Bush.
In May, federal authorities arrested a suspect accused of initiating a bombing raid on neutral neutrality in December 2017. Another man was arrested in June and charged with e-mail death threats to Pai, one of whom accompanied a photo of the chairman's family and received clues about their whereabouts. Protesters were also accused of having crossed a line when they displayed signs with his children's names in front of his house .
Wednesday's event was planned before the death of the 41st President. The organizers quickly gave a tribute to Bush, which they should include at the beginning of the event, which could not be canceled at the last minute. "Many people had been at a funeral all day, so it was quieter," said Daily Call editor-in-chief Christopher Bedford over the phone.
"It's kind of weird – that's kind of sad The award would go to someone who was a telecoms lawyer," he said. "Normally you do not need much courage to be a telecommunications lawyer, but I thought so be crazy about vitriol, violent threats, threats against his family and racist attacks against him. "
Bedford He said he considered the threats" dead serious ", characterized the dispute over net neutrality as" a struggle between billion-dollar companies, who are upset about other billion-dollar companies, "and not the stuff that" from the base "riots or riots and protests." (To the author's knowledge, there was no "turmoil" over the issue of net neutrality.)
Reporter We are not here to talk about politics, whether net neutrality is good or bad, I'm not a billion Dollar company, and that does not really affect me that much, "added Bedford. The event, which was overshadowed by a day of mourning, should be a "fun event".
Interior Minister Ryan Zinke was also recognized by the Caller Foundation. And the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, accepted an invitation to the event, one participant said.
The FCC did not respond to a request for comment.
At the conservative political action conference in February, Pai also received an award for "courage" from the National Rifle Association; Specifically, the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award, which took the form of a hand-crafted long gun, which could not be brought on the stage for safety reasons. Later, Pai refused the award, citing the advice of ethics officials.
Pai's allegation of lifting the Open Internet Order of 2015, the net neutrality rules passed under former Chairman Tom Wheeler, has attracted unprecedented public attention over the past year. The commitment, concluded with the formal lifting of the decision in June, has been largely condemned by digital rights organizations. Meanwhile, the chairman claims the 2015 order stifled Internet innovation and encouraged it with its new "Light-Touch" application.
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"Innovative providers want to offer their customers new, even free, offers The authorities had to fear a Washington bureaucracy that could disapprove and take action against them," he said earlier this year. "With the possibility of broadband regulation in sight, companies investing in next generation networks have been reluctant to build or expand networks, and they do not know if the government will allow them to compete on the open market."
Pai is widely recognized as one of the most effective soldiers in the Trump government's anti-regulatory offensive, which has eliminated countless rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Labor, Trade, Transport and Education Departments.
Obama's era of obstruction rules, which aim to support a shrinking coal industry that Trump's own analysis suggests will contribute to more than a thousand deaths per year, has not found the public debate as frightening Internet service providers treat all data transmitted to customers the same. Advocates have long pointed out that Internet providers without government regulations will usually be involved in predatory practices, such as: For example, restricting subscriber access to competing online services. Other fears include the creation of a two-tier system that grants certain companies exclusive access to higher Internet speeds, leaving startups and small businesses in the dust – so-called "fast lanes" – some legal experts say
Pai and his followers point out that there has been little change in how consumers receive or pay for Internet services, provided that the past has violated the principles of net neutrality and have shown an interest in establishing "quick paths" for profit in the past Rules of the Obama era do not constitute meaningless rules for innovation.
The FCC's 3-2 decision by the party is still being weighed by the DC Court of Appeals, but telecommunications lawyers say their unlikely providers will now take drastic action as a result of the case could influence.
The trial of Pai's office will take place in Tensify next year, while Democrats will take control of the US House of Representatives. Mostly, the control of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which oversees the FCC, will soon be overturned by current-ranking Frank Pallone, Jr., Democrat of New Jersey.
Democratic sources say the list of pending issues with Pai is long, largely due to the fact that his office has refused to accept most information requests without an order from the current Republican majority. Issues of instability in the FCC commentary system, which Pai publicly announced this week (including comments linked to Russian accounts), are at the top of the list. At the beginning of 2017, Republicans stated that they would be quarterly to hold supervisory hearings for the FCC; In the last two years, however, only three took place. With the Democrats at the helm, the chairman will likely (or probably not) experience a significant increase in C-SPAN screen time, giving him the opportunity to further test his courage.