Monday, January 23, 2017

New FCC Chairman

His name is Ajit Pai, and here's the way the Radio Ink publication explains who he is...

Pai is a great friend of the radio industry, so this will be very positive news to radio executives all across the country. Pai, a Republican, will initially lead an FCC with a 2-to-1 Republican majority. The President can name a Republican and another person to fill the two open seats with nominees who will need Senate approval.

NAB CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement after hearing the news that Commissioner Ajit Pai would be nominated to chair the FCC. “Without qualification, NAB supports President Trump’s selection of Ajit Pai to the position of FCC chairman. Ajit Pai is a known quantity who brings integrity, good humor, and a fierce intellect to the Commission. We look forward to working with him and his colleagues on a pro-growth FCC agenda that benefits tens of millions of Americans who rely on free broadcast radio and TV for the most popular content, credible news, and lifeline local emergency alerts.”

When they say it is good news for radio executives AND the American public, one of those things has to be untrue. I'll let you guess which one it is. Oh, and by the way, Pai is also a devoted enemy of Net Neutrality. Look for your connection to get slower and more expensive while the telecoms pad their wallets and internet innovation slows to a crawl. This will laughingly be called "pro growth".