FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Steps Down

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Polarizing Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai has stepped down from his post. This was a move Pai signaled back in November and would follow through on when then President-Elect Joe Biden is inaugurated.

Fans of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver may recall a 2017 episode on net neutrality that specifically targeted and dissected Pai’s enthusiasm for both drinking from a novelty-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup mug and also an FCC proposal that would no longer classify broadband internet as a utility. Under former President Trump, the FCC proceeded with these plans to eliminate such regulations–thereby creating “fast” and “slow” lanes for internet traffic. This was just one of many examples of policies Pai shepherded through that drew massive criticism.

Vice has pointed out that Pai’s FCC Twitter account no longer exists, which means Pai’s impassioned efforts to attack his critics has also vanished from the internet. (Aside from what’s presumably still on the digital archive Wayback Machine.) However, over on Pai’s personal Twitter, he released a formal farewell message, thanking his co-workers for four years “bridging the digital device to making the agency more transparent.”

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