Tom Wheeler served as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for four years, before the arrival of President Trump and his nominee Ajit Pai ended his tenure. Under his rule, the FCC fought for the rights of consumers and for a free and competitive internet. The cornerstone of his legacy is the Open Internet Rule, the mechanism that enshrines net neutrality in federal rules, and stands between profit-seeking telecoms monopoly and the American public.
As you might expect, Wheeler is angry and disappointed (like the majority of the American population) by Ajit Pai's plan to reverse the Open Internet Rule and give telecoms companies the ability to discriminate on the type of content you can access using your internet connection. In his new role as a fellow of the Brookings Insitute, he explains why Pai's move is an existential threat to a free and open internet:
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Former FCC Chairman slams Ajit Pai’s ‘hypocritical’ net neutrality plans originally appeared on BGR.com on Wed, 22 Nov 2017 at 22:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.